Glioblastoma and High Grade Gliomas Overview
- High-grade gliomas originate from supporting glial cells of the CNS
- The WHO defines three types as of the 2016 update: IDH-mutant; IDH-wildtype; and Glioblastoma NOS; PMID 27157931
- University of Calgary, 2007 PMID 17696644 -- "The p75 Neurotrophin Receptor Is a Central Regulator of Glioma Invasion" (Johnston AL, PLoS Biol 5(8): e212, 2007)
- Glioma mouse model. p75 neurotrophin receptror (p75NTR) identified as critical regulator of glioma invasion. This invasion is neurotrophin dependent, resulting in cytoskeletal changes
- EORTC 26981 / NCIC
- For trial details please see the adjuvant therapy page
- RTOG RPA Validation and Simplification; 2011 PMID: 20888136 — "Validation and simplification of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group recursive partitioning analysis classification for glioblastoma." Li et al. IJROBP. 2011 Nov1;81(3)623-30.
- RTOG RPA Validation; 2006 PMID 16735709 -- Radiotherapy and temozolomide for newly diagnosed glioblastoma: recursive partitioning analysis of the EORTC 26981/22981-NCIC CE3 phase III randomized trial. (Mirimanoff RO, J Clin Oncol. 2006 Jun 1;24(16):2563-9.)
- Evaluation of predictive power of RPA in the trial. RPA adapted to EORTC as below
- Conclusion: RPA retains its prognostic significance overall, as well as in treatment arms
|Stage||Characteristics||Median OS||2-year OS||p-value vs. control|
|III||Age <50, PS 0||21 vs. 15 mo||43% vs. 20%||p<0.0001|
|IV||Age <50, PS 1-2
Age >=50, Surgery, MMSE >=27
|16 vs. 13 mo||28% vs. 11%||p<0.01|
|V||Age >=50 and either Biopsy only or MMSE <27||10 vs. 9 mo||17% vs. 6%||p=0.05|
- Nomogram; 2008 PMID 18082451 -- "Nomograms for predicting survival of patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma: prognostic factor analysis of EORTC and NCIC trial 26981-22981/CE.3." (Gorlia T, Lancet Oncol. 2008 Jan;9(1):29-38. Epub 2007 Dec 21.)
- Subanalysis. 573 patients. Modeling done on 1) intent-to-treat (n=573), 2) RT + TMZ group (n=287), and 3) RT + TMZ group with MGMT status s/p resection (n=103)
- Nomograms: Developed to predict median and 2-year OS. Available at EORTC GBM Calculator web page
- Conclusion: MGMT promoter methylation status, age, performance status, extent of resection, and MMSE are suggested as eligibility or stratification factors for future trials
- Comment (editorial): More accurate than RTOG RPA class. For patients with MGMT status, age was not statistically significant in multivariate setting, only MGMT status, PS, and MMSE. Still considered an exploratory analysis
- RTOG RPA; 1993 (1974-1989) - PMID 8478956 — "Recursive partitioning analysis of prognostic factors in three Radiation Therapy Oncology Group malignant glioma trials." Curran WJ et al. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1993 May 5;85(9):704-10.
- Analysis of RTOG 74-01 / ECOG 1374, RTOG 79-18, and RTOG 83-02. 1578 pts included.
- See also: RPA for AA on Anaplastic glioma page
- Age <50 or >=50 was most significant determinant of survival.
- Details: neurologic functional classification (class 1, able to work; class 2, able to be at home; classes 3 and 4, hospitalized), mental status (is normal or abnormal)
|Stage||Characteristics||Median Survival (mo)||1-year OS||2-year OS|
|III||Age <50, KPS 90-100||18||70%||35%|
|IV||Age <50, KPS <90 or
Age >=50, surgical resection, good neurologic function
|V||Age >=50, KPS >=70, surgical resection, unable to work or
Age >= 50, KPS >= 70, biopsy only and RT dose > 54.4 or
Age >=50, KPS <70 and normal MS
|VI||Age >=50, KPS >=70, biopsy only and RT dose <=54.4 Gy or
Age >=50, KPS <70, abnormal MS
- Abstract update of this study combined groups 5&6 into a single risk group.
- RTOG Validation; 1998 PMID 9422557 -- "Validation and predictive power of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) recursive partitioning analysis classes for malignant glioma patients: a report using RTOG 90-06." (Scott CB, Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 1998 Jan 1;40(1):51-5.)
- Validation of RPA classification using new dataset (RTOG 90-06)
- Outcome: Median OS and 2-year OS within 95% confidence interval; all classes but Class II statistically distinct (p<0.0001)
- Conclusion: Validation of RPA classes, useful as historical controls for future Phase II trials
Biologic markers for prognosisEdit
- Duke; 2005 PMID 16282174 -- "Glioblastoma multiforme and the epidermal growth factor receptor." (Friedman HS, N Engl J Med. 2005 Nov 10;353(19):1997-9.)
- UCLA; 2005 PMID 16282176 -- "Molecular determinants of the response of glioblastomas to EGFR kinase inhibitors." (Mellinghoff IK, N Engl J Med. 2005 Nov 10;353(19):2012-24.)
Summary of biologic markers:
- EGFR gene amplification
- EGFR gene mutations (most common is EGFRvIII, a constitutively active mutated form)
- EGFRvIII causes "pathway addiction" (PI3K pathway); may be sensitive to EGFR kinase inhibitors
- Loss of PTEN tumor suppressor
- Loss of PTEN may cause lack of sensitivity to EGFR kinase inhibitors
- Overexpression of PDGFR α
- Mutated p53
- Loss of heterozygosity for chromosomes 1p and 19q, first identified in anaplastic oligodendrogliomas.
- MGMT repair gene
- O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) is a DNA repair enzyme depleted by daily treatment with temozolomide.
- The MGMT gene on chromosome 10q26. The gene product removes alkyl groups from the O6 position of guanine, an important site of DNA methylation by DNA alkylating agents.
- High levels of MGMT in tumors create resistance to this type of chemotherapy.
- Low levels of MGMT in tumor is associated with longer survival in patients with GBM receiving nitrosourea-based chemotherapy.
- Silencing of the MGMT gene by methylation of its promoter is associated with better survival.
- EORTC / NCI Canada; 2005 - PMID 15758010 — "MGMT Gene Silencing and Benefit from Temozolomide in Glioblastoma." Hegi ME et al. NEJM 352:997-1003, 2005.
- Analyzed MGMT methylation in pts from the EORTC / NCI Canada trial. 206 pts could be analyzed. 44% had detectable MGMT promoter methylation by PCR. There is a 55% decrease (HR 0.45) in death in the methylated group. Median survival 18.2 months vs 12.2 months. There was a benefit to RT+Temodar vs RT alone for the methylated group (HR=0.51) but there was only a trend for the unmethylated group. 2-year OS for methylated was 46% (RT+Temodar), 23% (RT alone); for non-methylated 13.8% and 2%. Median survival for methylated was 21.7 m (RT+Temodar), 15.3 m (RT); for non-methylated, 12.7 m (RT+T), 11.8 m (RT).
- For methylated, (RT+Temodar) 2-year OS 46% , 23% (RT alone)
- Conclusion: Most of the benefit of Temodar is in the subgroup of patients with a methylated MGMT promoter.
- Birmingham, 2007 (UK) PMID 17324531 -- "Estimation of radiobiologic parameters and equivalent radiation dose of cytotoxic chemotherapy in malignant glioma." (Jones B, Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2007 Jun 1;68(2):441-8.)
- Median tumor a/b 9.3; median cellular doubling time 39.5 days
- Temozolomide: median equivalent BED 11 Gy (9.1 Gy in 2 Gy/fx)
- Duke, 2006 - PMID 17051156 — "Glioma stem cells promote radioresistance by preferential activation of the DNA damage response." Bao S et al. Nature. 2006 Dec 7;444(7120):756-60.
- Duke, 2010 - PMID 20921459-- "Immunologic Escape After Prolonged Progression-Free Survival With Epidermal Growth Factor ReceptorVariant III Peptide Vaccination in Patients With NewlyDiagnosed Glioblastoma." Sampson JH, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2010 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print].
- A phase II, multicenter trial was undertaken to assess the immunogenicity of an EGFRvIII-targeted peptide vaccine and to estimate the progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) of vaccinated patients with newly diagnosed EGFRvIII-expressing GBM with minimal residual disease.
- The 6-month PFS after vaccination= 67% 95% CI, 40% to 83%) and after diagnosis= 94% (95% CI, 67% to 99%; n = 18).
- The median OS=26.0 months (95% CI, 21.0 to 47.7 months).
- After adjustment for age and Karnofsky performance status, the OS of vaccinated patients > that observed in a control group matched for eligibility criteria, prognostic factors, and temozolomide treatment (hazard ratio, 5.3; P = .0013; n = 17).
- OS effected by: 1. development of specific antibody (P = .025), 2. delayed-type hypersensitivity (P = .03)
- 82% patients lost EGFRvIII expression at recurrence
- CONCLUSION: "EGFRvIII-targeted vaccination in patients with GBM warrants investigation in a phase III, randomized trial."
- Surgery is the primary treatment modality. Patients who are not surgical candidates and have only diagnostic biopsy have extremely poor outcomes
- Post-op EBRT is standard therapy
- Dose to 60 Gy in 30 fractions (dose intensification via escalation and fractionation not successful so far)
- For patients >60, RT 40/15 appears comparable to 60/30
- For patients >70 and KPS >=70, RT 50/28 GY provides modest survival benefit (median 29 weeks vs. 17 weeks) without reducing QOL or cognition over supportive care only
- For patients >70 and poor KPS, supportive care alone may be reasonable
- Addition of temozolomide to post-op RT is now effectively the standard of care
- Singapore, 2007 PMID 17549284 -- "The Role of Surgery in High-grade Glioma - Is Surgical Resection Justified? A Review of the Current Knowledge." (Pang BC, Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2007 May;36(5):358-6.)
Response Assessment CriteriaEdit
- Neuro-Oncology Working Group; 2010 PMID 20231676 -- "Updated Response Assessment Criteria for High-Grade Gliomas: Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology Working Group." (Wen PY, J Clin Oncol. 2010 Mar 15. [Epub ahead of print])
- Problem: Contrast enhancement on CT (as required by the Macdonald Criteria) or MRI is nonspecific for tumor response
- Complete response: Requires all of the following: complete disappearance of all enhancing measurable and nonmeasurable disease sustained for at least 4 weeks; no new lesions; stable or improved nonenhancing (T2/FLAIR) lesions; patients must be off corticosteroids (or on physiologic replacement doses only); and stable or improved clinically. Note: Patients with nonmeasurable disease only cannot have a complete response; the best response possible is stable disease.
- Partial response: Requires all of the following: >=50% decrease compared with baseline in the sum of products of perpendicular diameters of all measurable enhancing lesions sustained for at least 4 weeks; no progression of nonmeasurable disease; no new lesions; stable or improved nonenhancing (T2/FLAIR) lesions on same or lower dose of corticosteroids compared with baseline scan; the corticosteroid dose at the time of the scan evaluation should be no greater than the dose at time of baseline scan; and stable or improved clinically. Note: Patients with nonmeasurable disease only cannot have a partial response; the best response possible is stable disease.
- Stable disease: Requires all of the following: does not qualify for complete response, partial response, or progression; stable nonenhancing (T2/FLAIR) lesions on same or lower dose of corticosteroids compared with baseline scan. In the event that the corticosteroid dose was increased for new symptoms and signs without confirmation of disease progression on neuroimaging, and subsequent follow-up imaging shows that this increase in corticosteroids was required because of disease progression, the last scan considered to show stable disease will be the scan obtained when the corticosteroid dose was equivalent to the baseline dose.
- Progression: Defined by any of the following: >=25% increase in sum of the products of perpendicular diameters of enhancing lesions compared with the smallest tumor measurement obtained either at baseline (if no decrease) or best response, on stable or increasing doses of corticosteroids; significant increase in T2/FLAIR nonenhancing lesion on stable or increasing doses of corticosteroids compared with baseline scan or best response after initiation of therapy not caused by comorbid events (eg, radiation therapy, demyelination, ischemic injury, infection, seizures, postoperative changes, or other treatment effects); any new lesion; clear clinical deterioration not attributable to other causes apart from the tumor (eg, seizures, medication adverse effects, complications of therapy, cerebrovascular events, infection, and so on) or changes in corticosteroid dose; failure to return for evaluation as a result of death or deteriorating condition; orclear progression of nonmeasurable disease
- Macdonald Criteria; 1990 PMID 2358840 -- "Response criteria for phase II studies of supratentorial malignant glioma." (Macdonald DR, J Clin Oncol. 1990 Jul;8(7):1277-80.)
- Complete response: Requires all of the following: complete disappearance of all enhancing measurable and nonmeasurable disease sustained for at least 4 weeks; no new lesions; no corticosteroids; and stable or improved clinically
- Partial response: Requires all of the following: >= 50% decrease compared with baseline in the sum of products of perpendicular diameters of all measurable enhancing lesions sustained for at least 4 weeks; no new lesions; stable or reduced corticosteroid dose; and stable or improved clinically
- Stable disease: Requires all of the following: does not qualify for complete response, partial response, or progression; and stable clinically
- Progression: Defined by any of the following: >=25% increase in sum of the products of perpendicular diameters of enhancing lesions; any new lesion; or clinical deterioration
- Rotterdam, 2007 (2000-2005) ASCO Abstract -- "The incidence of pseudo-progression in a cohort of malignant glioma patients treated with chemo-radiation with temozolomide." (Taal W, Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2007 ASCO Annual Meeting Proceedings Part I. Vol 25, No. 18S (June 20 Supplement), 2007: 2009)
- Retrospective. 65 patients with malignant glioma, treated with RT/TMZ followed by TMZ x6 cycles
- Outcome: 35% (23) patients had MRI signs of progression after end of RT, with clinical deterioration in 18% (12). In 12/23 stabilization/improvement of symptoms on continued TMZ. No impact of dexamethasone dose
- Conclusion: Up to 50% of patients may suffer from pseudo-progression; should continue TMZ
- Italy (Bologna), 2008 PMID 18445844 -- "MGMT promoter methylation status can predict the incidence and outcome of pseudoprogression after concomitant radiochemotherapy in newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients." (Brandes AA, J Clin Oncol. 2008 May 1;26(13):2192-7.
- 103 pts with GBM. RT + Temozolomide.
- MGMT methylation in 35%
- Lesion enlargement at 1st follow-up scan in 50 pts (49%). Was classified as pseudoprogression in 32 of 50 (64%) and early disease progression in 18 (36%).
- Of the 50 pts with lesion enlargement, there was pseudoprogression in 21 of 23 (91%) of pts who had methylated MGMT vs 11 of 27 (41%) of those with unmethylated MGMT.
- Conclusion: "PsPD has a clinical impact on chemotherapy-treated GBM, as it may express the glioma killing effects of treatment and is significantly correlated with MGMT status. Improvement in the early recognition of psPD patterns and knowledge of mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are crucial to eliminating biases in evaluating the results of clinical trials and guaranteeing effective treatment."