Combined chemo-radiation extends survival in patients with anaplastic oligodendroglial tumours

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Published: 3 Jun 2012
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Dr Martin Van Den Bent - Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands

At a press conference during the ASCO 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago, June 1st - June 4th, Dr Martin Van Den Bent presented findings from a phase III study showing that combination chemotherapy after standard radiation therapy delayed tumour growth and extended the lives of patients with anaplastic oligodendroglial tumours, a form of brain cancer.

 

A sub-analysis of the study showed the survival benefit of combination chemotherapy-radiation treatment may be limited to patients whose tumours contained specific deletions of genetic material in chromosomes 1 and 19.