Treatment of adults with recurrent malignant glioma

Expert Rev Neurother. 2005 Jul;5(4):509-14. doi: 10.1586/14737175.5.4.509.


Virtually all malignant gliomas recur. Treatment options at recurrence have relied upon surgical intervention, radiation therapy or cytotoxic chemotherapy. Unfortunately, none are associated with significant improvements in survival. Advances in treatment options at recurrence have been dependent upon the combination of surgical resection, focal radiation and chemotherapy. Despite aggressive interventions, few patients have meaningful improvements. Current research focuses on novel targeted molecular therapy that will hopeful be able to take advantage of advances in our understanding of the biology of glial neoplasms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Brain Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Brain Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Glioma / drug therapy*
  • Glioma / prevention & control
  • Glioma / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Radiosurgery / methods
  • Secondary Prevention


  • Antineoplastic Agents