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CE.5 (EORTC 22033-26033) - Primary Chemotherapy with Temozolomide vs. Radiotherapy in Patients With Low Grade Gliomas After Stratification for Genetic 1p Loss: A Phase III Study

The purpose of CE.5 was to compare two different, single-modality treatment strategies of standard radiotherapy versus primary temozolomide chemotherapy in patients with low-grade glioma and assess progression-free survival outcomes and identify predictive molecular factors.

Between September 23, 2005, and March 26, 2010, 707 patients from 78 centres in 19 countries were registered for the study. Between December 6, 2005, and December 21, 2012, 477 patients were randomly assigned to receive either radiotherapy (n=240) or temozolomide chemotherapy (n=237). At a median follow-up of 48 months, median progression-free survival was 39 months in the temozolomide group and 46 months in the radiotherapy group. Median overall survival has not been reached.

Exploratory analyses in 318 molecularly-defined patients confirmed the significantly different prognosis for progression-free survival in the three recently defined molecular low-grade glioma subgroups (IDHmt, with or without 1p/19q co-deletion [IDHmt/codel], or IDH wild type [IDHwt]; p=0.013).

The authors concluded that, overall, there was no significant difference in progression-free survival in patients with low-grade glioma when treated with either radiotherapy alone or temozolomide chemotherapy alone. Further data maturation is needed for overall survival analyses and evaluation of the full predictive effects of different molecular subtypes for future individualised treatment choices.

Baumert BG, Hegi ME, van den Bent MJ, Von Deimling A, Gorlia T, Hoang-Xuan K, Brandes AA, Kantor G, Taphoorn MJB, Hassel MB, Hartmann C, Ryan G, Capper D, Kros JM, Kurscheid S, Wick W, Enting R, Reni M, Thiessen B, Dhermain F, Bromberg JE, Feuvret L, Reijneveld JC, Chinot O, Gijtenbeek JMM, Rossiter JP, Dif N, Balana C, Bravo-Marques J, Clement PM, Marosi C, Tzuk-Shina T, Nordal RA, Rees J, Lacombe D, Mason WP, Stupp R. Temozolomide chemotherapy versus radiotherapy in high-risk low-grade glioma (EORTC 22033-26033): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 intergroup study (ONLINE). The Lancet Oncology 2016.

CE.5 - Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL)

The authors reported that the difference in HRQOL between the two treatment groups was not significant during the 36 months' follow-up. They concluded that the effect of temozolomide chemotherapy or radiotherapy on HRQOL or global cognitive functioning did not differ in patients with low-grade glioma. These results do not support the choice of temozolomide alone over radiotherapy alone in patients with high-risk low-grade glioma.

Reijneveld JC, Taphoorn MJB, Coens C, Bromberg JEC, Mason WP, Hoang-Xuan K, Ryan G, Hassel MB, Enting RH, Brandes AA, Wick A, Chinot O, Reni M, Kantor G, Thiessen B, Klein M, Verger E, Borchers C, Hau P, Back M, Smits A, Golfinopoulos V, Gorlia T, Bottomley A, Stupp R, Baumert BG. Health-related quality of life in patients with high-risk low-grade glioma (EORTC 22033-26033): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 intergroup study (ONLINE). The Lancet Oncology 2016.