A North American brain tumor consortium (NABTC 99-04) phase II trial of temozolomide plus thalidomide for recurrent glioblastoma multiforme Journal Article


Authors: Groves, M. D.; Puduvalli, V. K.; Chang, S. M.; Conrad, C. A.; Gilbert, M. R.; Tremont-Lukats, I. W.; Liu, T. J.; Peterson, P.; Schiff, D.; Cloughesy, T. F.; Wen, P. Y.; Greenberg, H.; Abrey, L. E.; Deangelis, L. M.; Hess, K. R.; Lamborn, K. R.; Prados, M. D.; Yung, A. W. K.
Article Title: A North American brain tumor consortium (NABTC 99-04) phase II trial of temozolomide plus thalidomide for recurrent glioblastoma multiforme
Abstract: Background: Laboratory and clinical data suggest that the anti-angiogenic agent, thalidomide, if combined with cytotoxic agents, may be effective against recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Objectives: To determine 6-month progression-free survival (6PFS) and toxicity of temozolomide plus thalidomide in adults with recurrent GBM. Patients and methods: Eligible patients had recurrent GBM after surgery, radiotherapy, and/or adjuvant chemotherapy. Temozolomide was given at 150-200 mg/m2/day on days 1-5 of each 28-day cycle. Thalidomide was given orally at 400 mg at bedtime (days 1-28) and increased to 1,200 mg as tolerated. Patients were evaluated with magnetic resonance imaging scans every 56 days. The study was designed to detect an increase of the historical 6PFS for GBM from 10 to 30%. Results: Forty-four patients were enrolled, 43 were evaluable for efficacy and safety. The study population included 15 women, 29 men; median age was 53 years (range 32-84); median Karnofsky performance status was 80% (range 60-100%). Thirty-six (82%) patients were chemotherapy-naïve. There were 57 reports of toxicity of grade 3 or greater. Non-fatal grade 3-4 granulocytopenia occurred in 15 patients (34%). The objective response rate was 7%. The estimated probability of being progression-free at 6 months with this therapy is 24% [95% confidence interval (C.I.) 12-38%]. The median time to progression is 15 weeks (95% C.I. 10-20 weeks). There was no observed correlation between serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor, basic fibroblast growth factor, and IL-8 and the 6PFS outcome. Conclusion: This drug combination was reasonably safe, but with little indication of improvement compared to temozolomide alone. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006.
Keywords: vasculotropin; adult; clinical article; controlled study; treatment outcome; aged; aged, 80 and over; disease-free survival; middle aged; survival analysis; thalidomide; clinical trial; constipation; disease course; fatigue; neutropenia; cancer recurrence; diarrhea; drug efficacy; drug safety; drug withdrawal; side effect; cancer radiotherapy; disease free survival; temozolomide; nuclear magnetic resonance imaging; neurosurgery; brain neoplasms; dacarbazine; metastasis; controlled clinical trial; infection; phase 2 clinical trial; neoplasm recurrence, local; bleeding; thrombocytopenia; antineoplastic combined chemotherapy protocols; interleukin 8; vincristine; abdominal pain; fever; pneumonia; syncope; confusion; drug fatality; hypokalemia; hyponatremia; depression; correlation analysis; karnofsky performance status; probability; multicenter study; thrombosis; glioblastoma; vascular endothelial growth factor; muscle weakness; glioblastoma multiforme; nitrosourea; skin disease; seizure; headache; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; motor dysfunction; drug dose increase; angiogenesis inhibitors; granulocytopenia; north america; consciousness; basic fibroblast growth factor; controlled
Journal Title: Journal of Neuro-Oncology
Volume: 81
Issue: 3
ISSN: 0167-594X
Publisher: Springer  
Date Published: 2007-02-01
Start Page: 271
End Page: 277
Language: English
DOI: 10.1007/s11060-006-9225-y
PUBMED: 17031561
PROVIDER: scopus
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