Medline: 9231668

International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 38(3): 469-476, 1997.

The effect of M-stage on patterns of failure in posterior fossa primitive neuroectodermal tumors treated on CCG-921: a phase III study in a high risk patient population.

Yao MS, Mehta MP, Boyett JM, et al.


To analyze patterns of failure in patients (pts) with high-risk posterior fossa primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PF-PNETs) treated with combined modality therapy on a large, randomized multiinstitutional study.

AND MATERIALS: One hundred eighty-eight prospectively staged pts with PF-PNET confirmed by central pathology review, with high-risk features, were treated on Children's Cancer Group Study 921 (CCG-921), comparing two chemoradiotherapy regimens. Patterns of initial sites of failure were analyzed, specifically evaluating the impact of Chang M-stage.

Progression-free survival (PFS) correlated with the presence or absence of metastatic disease (p < 0.001), with 5-year PFS of 68 +/- 5.8% for M0 vs. 43 +/- 6.8% for M+ pts. The cumulative incidence functions (CIF) of recurrence were different (p = 0.005) and at 5 years were 29 +/- 4.7% for M0 pts and 48 +/- 5.5% for M+ pts. Involvement of the PF at time of initial failure as measured by CIF correlated with M-stage (p = 0.047) and occurred in 18 +/- 3.9% of M0 pts and 8 +/- 2.9% of M+ pts overall; PF as the only site of relapse also correlated with M-stage (p = 0.019) and was seen in 6 +/- 2.5 and 0% of M0 and M+ pts, respectively, at 5 years. Relapse in the spine and/or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) at initial recurrence was correlated with M-stage (p < 0.002), with 5-year cumulative incidences of 14 +/- 3.7%, 26 +/- 8.2%, 40 +/- 15%, and 40 +/- 7.7% for M0, M1, M2, and M3 pts, respectively. Isolated spine/CSF recurrence correlated with M-stage (p = 0.034) and occurred in 2 +/- 1.5% of M0 and 9 +/- 3.2% of M+ pts by 5 years. The median time to relapse for pts who failed was 1.2 years (range 0.2-5.3). Ninety percent of all relapses occurred by 3 years.

Original sites of disease are at the highest risk for relapse, but the entire neuraxis remains at significant risk, despite combined-modality treatment. M-Stage was prognostic for spine/CSF relapse as well as PFS and may be an important tool in guiding therapy. A more aggressive approach to local control in the neuraxis is warranted, especially in M+ patients.

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