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Primary CNS lymphoma in the elderly: temozolomide therapy and MGMT status


Kurzwelly, D; Glas, M; Roth, P; Weimann, E; Lohner, H; Waha, A; Schabet, M; Reifenberger, G; Weller, M; Herrlinger, U (2010). Primary CNS lymphoma in the elderly: temozolomide therapy and MGMT status. Journal of Neuro-Oncology, 97(3):389-392.

Abstract

This retrospective series explores temozolomide monotherapy in elderly patients with primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL) and severe comorbidities. In 17 patients (62-90 years old), the complete response rate was 47%, median progression-free survival was 5 months, and median overall survival was 21 months. Five of 17 patients (29.4%) had prolonged responses for at least 12 months and survived for more than 24 months. Three of these patients had a methylated O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) promoter, while the MGMT status was not assessable in the remaining two patients. Temozolomide monotherapy appears to be effective in a subgroup of elderly PCNSL patients and deserves further evaluation.

Abstract

This retrospective series explores temozolomide monotherapy in elderly patients with primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL) and severe comorbidities. In 17 patients (62-90 years old), the complete response rate was 47%, median progression-free survival was 5 months, and median overall survival was 21 months. Five of 17 patients (29.4%) had prolonged responses for at least 12 months and survived for more than 24 months. Three of these patients had a methylated O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) promoter, while the MGMT status was not assessable in the remaining two patients. Temozolomide monotherapy appears to be effective in a subgroup of elderly PCNSL patients and deserves further evaluation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:May 2010
Deposited On:12 Nov 2009 09:32
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:32
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0167-594X
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11060-009-0032-0
PubMed ID:19841864

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