Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 173–177 | Cite as

Low-grade pure and mixed cerebral astrocytomas treated in the CT scan era

  • J. P. Bahary
  • J. G. Villemure
  • S. Choi
  • R. Leblanc
  • A. Olivier
  • G. Bertrand
  • L. Souhami
  • D. Tampieri
  • J. Hazel
Clinical Study

Summary

From 1974 to 1992, 63 patients diagnosed with low-grade pure or mixed oligo-astrocytoma were seen and treated at our institution. All patients underwent CT scan pre-operatively. There were 20 female and 43 males ranging in age from 12 to 73 years (median age of 33 years). 15 patients had a stereotactic biopsy as the only surgical procedure. 34 had a partial tumor resection and 14 a gross total tumor resection.

43 patients were treated with post-operative radiotherapy whereas 20 patients underwent surgery only as part of the initial management. 50 to 60 Gy (median 59.4 Gy) were given with daily fractions of 1.8 to 2 Gy. Tumor volume ranged from 3.4 to 441 cm3. Median tumor volume was larger for radiotherapy treated patients.

Median follow-up was 54 months (range of 4 to 240 months). The overall 10 and 15 actuarial survival rates were 37% and 25% respectively. The 5 year survival rate for patients treated at initial diagnosis with surgery alone was 66% and it was 67.3% for patients treated with radiation therapy (P = NS). Prognostic factors having independant significant impact on survival were: extent of surgery, age, gender and tumor volume.

As well, survival for patients with low-grade astrocytoma in the CT scan era appears to be improved compared to historical controls in the literature.

Key words

low-grade glioma radiotherapy surgery volume prognosis 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Bahary
    • 1
  • J. G. Villemure
    • 1
  • S. Choi
    • 1
  • R. Leblanc
    • 1
  • A. Olivier
    • 1
  • G. Bertrand
    • 1
  • L. Souhami
    • 1
  • D. Tampieri
    • 1
  • J. Hazel
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Oncology (Division of Radiation Oncology) Neurosurgery, Epidemiology and Statistic and RadiologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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