✓The authors present three patients who, after excision and irradiation of their brain tumors, were treated with BCNU for recurrence. All three patients responded well and now are without evidence of tumor, 37, 30, and 36 months after BCNU was stopped. Although these patients represent only a small fraction of those treated with BCNU, they indicate the potential role of chemotherapy in the management of glial tumors.
John Calogero, David C. Crafts, Charles B. Wilson, Edwin B. Boldrey, Alan Rosenberg, and K. Jean Enot
A. R. Vasantha Kumar, Justin Renaudin, Charles B. Wilson, Edwin B. Boldrey, K. Jean Enot, and Victor A. Levin
✓ A series of 43 patients, all of whom were deteriorating due to progression of primary or metastatic brain tumors, were treated daily with n-isopropyl-α-(2-methylhydrazine)-p-toluamide hydrochloride (matulane, Procarbazine hydrochloride: NSC-77213, 150 mg./m2) for 30 consecutive days, with a 30-day rest interval between treatments. Of 29 patients evaluated, 12 showed a definite clinical response to therapy and two a probable response, for a response rate of 48%. Reversible myelosuppression was the major toxic effect encountered. Combination with other chemotherapeutic agents may enhance the drug's effectiveness against brain tumors.
Justin Renaudin, Derek Fewer, Charles B. Wilson, Edwin B. Boldrey, John Calogero, and K. Jean Enot
✓ Twenty patients seriously ill following subtotal excision of brain tumors were given unusually large doses of Decadron to restrain peritumoral edema. The prompt clinical effect was strikingly favorable in 11. The dosage of Decadron above which no additional anti-edema effect occurs must be established for each individual patient. No significant complications occurred under dosages ranging from 32 to 96 mg/day. Brain scintiscans performed after rapid clinical improvement in five cases showed no change.