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Vol 7, No 4 (2002)
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Published online: 2002-01-01
Submitted: 2002-02-12
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The value of postoperative radiotherapy of primary spinal cord glioma

Jadwiga Nowak-Sadzikowska, Bogdan Gliński
DOI: 10.1016/S1507-1367(02)70988-7
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2002;7(4):139-147.

open access

Vol 7, No 4 (2002)
Original papers
Published online: 2002-01-01
Submitted: 2002-02-12

Abstract

Forty patients with spinal cord gliomas, irradiated postoperatively between 1976 and 1994 at the Department of Radiation Oncology of Maria Skłodowska-Curie Memorial Centre in Kraków, were retrospectively reviewed. Twenty seven (67%) patients were classified as those with ependymomas, and 13 (33%) with astrocytomas. Thirty six patients were irradiated because of non radical excision, in 4 cases indication for radiotherapy was high grade histology. The overall actuarial survival rates at 5 and 10-years were 74% and 71%, respectively. The 10-year relapse free survival was 69%. Multivariate analysis showed that only age, histology and neurological function were correlated with survival time. Patients under 30 years of age, with ependymoma, and with very good, good or moderate neurological function carried the best prognosis.

Abstract

Forty patients with spinal cord gliomas, irradiated postoperatively between 1976 and 1994 at the Department of Radiation Oncology of Maria Skłodowska-Curie Memorial Centre in Kraków, were retrospectively reviewed. Twenty seven (67%) patients were classified as those with ependymomas, and 13 (33%) with astrocytomas. Thirty six patients were irradiated because of non radical excision, in 4 cases indication for radiotherapy was high grade histology. The overall actuarial survival rates at 5 and 10-years were 74% and 71%, respectively. The 10-year relapse free survival was 69%. Multivariate analysis showed that only age, histology and neurological function were correlated with survival time. Patients under 30 years of age, with ependymoma, and with very good, good or moderate neurological function carried the best prognosis.

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Keywords

spinal cord glioma; radiotherapy; prognostic factors

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Title

The value of postoperative radiotherapy of primary spinal cord glioma

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 7, No 4 (2002)

Pages

139-147

Published online

2002-01-01

DOI

10.1016/S1507-1367(02)70988-7

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2002;7(4):139-147.

Keywords

spinal cord glioma
radiotherapy
prognostic factors

Authors

Jadwiga Nowak-Sadzikowska
Bogdan Gliński

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