Survival and Prognostic Factors of Early Childhood Medulloblastoma: An International Meta-Analysis.
Summary of "Survival and Prognostic Factors of Early Childhood Medulloblastoma: An International Meta-Analysis."
PURPOSE To assess the prognostic role of clinical parameters and histology in early childhood medulloblastoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Clinical and histologic data from 270 children younger than age 5 years diagnosed with medulloblastoma between March 1987 and July 2004 and treated within prospective trials of five national study groups were centrally analyzed. Results Two hundred sixty children with medulloblastoma and specified histologic subtype were eligible for analysis (median age, 1.89 years; median follow-up, 8.0 years). Rates for 8-year event-free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) were 55% and 76%, respectively, in 108 children with desmoplastic/nodular medulloblastoma (DNMB) or medulloblastoma with extensive nodularity (MBEN); 27% and 42%, respectively, in 145 children with classic medulloblastoma (CMB); and 14% and 14%, respectively, in seven children with large-cell/anaplastic (LC/A) medulloblastoma (P < .001). Histology (DNMB/
hazard ratio [HR], 0.44; 95% CI, 0.31 to 0.64; LC/A medulloblastoma: HR, 2.27; 95% CI, 0.95 to 5.54; P < .001 compared with CMB), incomplete resection and metastases (M0R1: HR, 1.86; 95% CI, 1.29 to 2.80; M+: HR, 2.28; 95% CI, 1.50 to 3.46; P < .001 compared with M0R0), and national group were independent prognostic factors for EFS, and OS. The HRs for OS ranged from 0.14 for localized M0 and DNMB/MBEN to 13.67 for metastatic LC/A medulloblastoma in different national groups. CONCLUSION Our results confirm the high frequency of desmoplastic variants of medulloblastomas in early childhood and histopathology as a strong independent prognostic factor. A controlled de-escalation of treatment may be appropriate for young children with DNMB and MBEN in future clinical trials.
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Martinistr 52, D-20246 Hamburg, Germany; email@example.com.
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Name: Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20940197
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1200/JCO.2010.30.2299
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