• By Joe Dangor

Chemo after Radiation Therapy Improves Brain Cancer Survival

February 3, 2014

Illustration of a glioma in a young manA clinical trial co-led by researchers at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Wake Forest School of Medicine has found that adding chemotherapy following radiation treatment improves survival for adults with low-grade gliomas by approximately five-and- a-half years. Results of the clinical trial were made public today by the National Cancer Institute. Gliomas are tumors that begin in the brain or spinal cord. They are the most common form of primary brain tumor.

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“The results of this study are practice-changing,” says co-lead investigator Jan Buckner, M.D., chair of oncology at Mayo Clinic. “Additionally, ongoing analysis of patient tumor samples should allow us to further identify the patients who will and who will not benefit from chemotherapy, taking yet another step toward individualized therapy.”