Rotating gamma system irradiation: A promising treatment for low-grade brainstem gliomas

Pham Cam Phuong*, Nguyen Quang Hung, Tran Bao Ngoc, Dirk Rades, Mai Trong Khoa

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Aim: To evaluate the role of rotating gamma system (RGS) radiosurgery for low-grade brainstem gliomas. Patients and Methods: Thirty-seven patients undergoing RGS radiosurgery at the Bach Mai Hospital Hanoi for low-grade brainstem glioma were included in this prospective interventional study. The median RGS dose was 12 Gy (range=8-16 Gy). Endpoints included response to RGS radiosurgery given as change in glioma size (maximum diameter), survival and adverse events. Follow-up was performed for 36 months. Three dose-groups (<13, 13-14 and >14 Gy) were compared for survival. Results: Mean glioma size decreased from 1.87 cm before RGS irradiation to 1.15 cm at 36 months. Mean survival was 39.5 months. Mean survival after <13, 13-14 and >14 Gy were 22.7, 66.7 and 49 months, respectively (p<0.05). Adverse events, mainly reduced appetite, sleep disturbances, headache and edema, were not associated with RGS dose and were easily managed. Conclusion: RGS radiosurgery led to promising results with acceptable toxicity in patients with low-grade brainstem gliomas.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIn Vivo
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)957-960
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.2017


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