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Mixed Gliomas

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Mixed glial tumors, which include oligoastrocytoma (World Health Organization [WHO] grade II) and anaplastic oligoastrocytoma (WHO grade III), have a prognosis similar to that for astrocytic tumors of corresponding grades and can be treated as such. (Refer to the Mixed Gliomas section in the Classification section of this summary for more information.)

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Standard treatment options:[1]

  1. Surgery plus radiation therapy.[2]
  2. Surgery plus radiation therapy plus chemotherapy.[3]

Treatment options under clinical evaluation:[1]

  • Patients with brain tumors that are either infrequently curable or unresectable should be considered candidates for clinical trials that evaluate interstitial brachytherapy, radiosensitizers, hyperthermia, or intraoperative radiation therapy in conjunction with external-beam radiation therapy to improve local control of the tumor. Such patients are also candidates for studies that evaluate new drugs and biological response modifiers following radiation therapy. Temozolomide appears to have activity in low-grade oligoastrocytomas with a 1p allelic loss. Clinical improvement was noted in 51% of patients, and the radiologic response rate was 31%.[4][Level of evidence: 3iiiDiv]

Current Clinical Trials

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with adult mixed glioma. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.

General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.


  1. Kyritsis AP, Yung WK, Bruner J, et al.: The treatment of anaplastic oligodendrogliomas and mixed gliomas. Neurosurgery 32 (3): 365-70; discussion 371, 1993.
  2. Shaw EG, Daumas-Duport C, Scheithauer BW, et al.: Radiation therapy in the management of low-grade supratentorial astrocytomas. J Neurosurg 70 (6): 853-61, 1989.
  3. Buckner JC: Factors influencing survival in high-grade gliomas. Semin Oncol 30 (6 Suppl 19): 10-4, 2003.
  4. Hoang-Xuan K, Capelle L, Kujas M, et al.: Temozolomide as initial treatment for adults with low-grade oligodendrogliomas or oligoastrocytomas and correlation with chromosome 1p deletions. J Clin Oncol 22 (15): 3133-8, 2004.

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Last Updated: October 07, 2011
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