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Childhood Astrocytomas Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Changes to this Summary (04 / 02 / 2013)

The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.

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Added Mazloom et al. as reference 46.

Treatment of Childhood Low-Grade Astrocytomas

Added text about the results of a randomized phase III trial (COG-A9952) that treated children younger than 10 years with low-grade chiasmatic/hypothalamic gliomas using one of two regimens: carboplatin and vincristine (CV) or TPCV; the 5-year event-free survival rate for CV was 39% ± 4% and for TPCV was 52% ± 5%.

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