Phase II study of concurrent continuous temozolomide (TMZ) and tamoxifen (TMX) for recurrent malignant astrocytic gliomas

Alexander M. Spence, Richard A. Peterson, Jeffrey D. Scharnhorst, Daniel L. Silbergeld, Robert C. Rostomily

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Purpose and background: The aim of this study was to assess the frequency of response and toxicity in adults with recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) or glioblastoma multiforme (GM) treated with concurrent continuous TMZ and TMX. Methods: In addition to histology, eligibility included age > 18 years, Karnovsky score ≥60, normal laboratory parameters, no radiotherapy (RT) for 4 weeks, measurable disease and normal EKG. The chief exclusions were: previous TMZ, TMX or dacarbazine (DTIC); nitrosourea within 6 weeks; history of deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary emboli. All patients (pts) had received prior RT. TMZ was given at 75 mg/M2/day for 6 weeks, repeated every 10 weeks, maximum 5 cycles. Four pts received 60 mg/M2/day for 6 weeks due to extensive prior chemotherapy exposure. TMX was started at 40 mg twice daily (b.i.d.) for 1week and then was increased in three successive weeks to 60, then 80, then 100 mg b.i.d. Response was assessed before every cycle with MRI ± gadolinium (Gd). Results: Sixteen pts enrolled: GM 10, AA 6; female 6, male 10; median age 48 (21-58); prior chemotherapy 7. There was one partial response and one stable disease. Eleven pts progressed by the end of cycle 1; three pts failed due to toxicity before completing cycle 1. Median time to treatment failure was 10 weeks. The main toxicities were: transaminitis, pancytopenia, 1st division herpes zoster, deep vein thrombosis and fatigue. The study was closed due to the low response rate and frequency of toxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-95
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neuro-Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2004


  • Anaplastic astrocytoma
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Phase II
  • Tamoxifen
  • Temozolomide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research


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