The addition of chemotherapy to radiation therapy doubled the median survival time for certain patients with an aggressive form of oligodendroglioma, a rare brain tumor. Patients in the study had anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, but only those whose tumors contained a genetic abnormality known as the 1p19q co-deletion experienced a benefit from adding chemotherapy to radiation.
The finding, from a phase III trial in which patients were followed for a median of 11 years, will lead to changes in an ongoing NCI-sponsored clinical trial as well as in the standard of care for patients who are not enrolled in a clinical trial. NCI and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) announced the finding January19 in coordinated press releases. Read more > >
Drs. Katherine McGlynn and Mary Ward discuss recent activities and future plans of the NCI Women Scientist Advisors, a group created to represent the career interests of women scientists at NCI and NIH.
Selected articles from past issues of the NCI Cancer Bulletin are available in Spanish.
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