Because treatment for most brain tumors remains inadequate, there has been a sustained interest in using concurrent chemotherapy and radiotherapy to improve local control, prolong overall survival, and reduce treatment-related toxicity. Unfortunately, many currently available radiosensitizers are either ineffective against brain tumors or have a reduced ability to cross the blood-brain barrier when administered systemically. Many agents also have overlapping toxicities with cranial irradiation or enhance the toxicity of radiation in a way that potentially compromises care. Finally, the addition of chemotherapy to cranial irradiation complicates the assessment of tumor response. Despite these barriers, trials with a number of promising agents are currently under way. These trials have already provided crucial insights into the pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmacology, and practical management of brain tumor patients with concurrent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. These findings should rapidly lead to the safer and more effective use of combined-modality therapy in patients with central nervous system cancer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Issue number||10 SUPPL. 5|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research