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PURPOSE Anaplastic oligodendroglioma (AO) and anaplastic oligoastrocytoma (AOA) are treated with surgery and radiotherapy (RT) at diagnosis, but they also respond to procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine (PCV), raising the possibility that early chemotherapy will improve survival. Furthermore, better outcomes in AO have been associated with 1p and 19q(More)
Forty-four cases of meningeal hemangiopericytoma that were treated between 1938 and 1987 are reviewed. Fifty-five percent of these tumors occurred in men. The average age of the patients at diagnosis was 42 years. The average duration of preoperative symptoms was 11 months. Symptoms were related to tumor location, which was similar to that of meningioma.(More)
PURPOSE Anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, pure (AO) and mixed (anaplastic oligoastrocytoma [AOA]), are chemosensitive, especially if codeleted for 1p/19q, but whether patients live longer after chemoradiotherapy is unknown. PATIENTS AND METHODS Eligible patients with AO/AOA were randomly assigned to procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine (PCV) plus(More)
PURPOSE To determine the maximum tolerated dose of single fraction radiosurgery in patients with recurrent previously irradiated primary brain tumors and brain metastases. METHODS AND MATERIALS Adults with cerebral or cerebellar solitary non-brainstem tumors </= 40 mm in maximum diameter were eligible. Initial radiosurgical doses were 18 Gy for tumors </=(More)
Eighty-one patients with pure supratentorial oligodendrogliomas underwent surgery alone (19 patients) or surgery plus postoperative radiation therapy (63 patients) between the years 1960 and 1982. The median survival time and the 5-, 10-, and 15-year survival rates for these 82 patients were 7.1 years, 54%, 34%, and 24%, respectively; these values were(More)
The records of 167 patients with grade 1 or 2 supratentorial pilocytic astrocytomas (41 patients), ordinary astrocytomas (91 patients), or mixed oligoastrocytomas (35 patients) diagnosed between 1960 and 1982 are retrospectively reviewed. The extent of surgical tumor removal was gross total or radical subtotal in 33 patients (20%) and subtotal or biopsy(More)
PURPOSE To compare survival and toxicity in adult patients treated with low-dose (50.4 Gy/28 fractions) versus high-dose (64.8 Gy/36 fractions) localized radiation therapy (RT) for supratentorial low-grade astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, and mixed oligoastrocytoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS From 1986 to 1994, 203 eligible/analyzable patients were randomized:(More)
PURPOSE A multi-institutional experience in radiosurgery for solitary brain metastases was combined to identify factors associated with safety, efficacy, tumor control, and survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS A review of 116 patients with solitary brain metastases who underwent gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery at five institutions was performed. The(More)
Fifty-one patients with intracranial chordomas who were surgically treated between 1960 and 1984 were studied. Median patient age was 46 years, and 73% presented with diplopia or headache. Nineteen tumors were classified as the "chondroid" type. The extent of surgical removal was a biopsy in 11 patients and subtotal removal or greater in 40. Thirty-nine(More)
A multidisciplinary Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) task force has developed quality assurance guidelines for radiosurgery. The purpose of the guidelines are fourfold: (1) To ensure that participating institutions have the proper equipment and appropriate technique(s) to administer radiosurgery; (2) to outline a standard data set for each treated(More)