Novel Combo Explored for Rare Brain Tumor

Ariela Katz
Published: Monday, Mar 05, 2018
Emmanuel S. Antonarakis, MD

Victor A. Levin, MD
Investigators are seeking to determine whether the combination of eflornithine (alphadifluoromethylornithine) with lomustine can improve survival for patients with recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma (AA). A rare form of brain tumor, AA occurs more often in adults aged 30 to 50 years and accounts for 17% of primary malignant brain tumors.1 This tumor type is even more rare when it recurs, according to Victor A. Levin, MD, emeritus professor of neurooncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and a clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.


Figure. Eflornthine With Lomustine in Recurrent Anaplastic Astrocytoma

Eligible patients will have AA that recurred or progressed after completing radiation therapy and adjuvant temozolomide. Patients who received treatment for a grade 2 tumor who have recurrence of a grade 3 tumor will be included, as will patients who originally had a grade 3 tumor, provided it is their first recurrence. The primary endpoint is overall survival (OS).
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