Prognostic significance of lesion size for glioblastoma multiforme

Radiology. 1979 Aug;132(2):469-71. doi: 10.1148/132.2.469.


From March 1974 to December 1976, 56 patients with glioblastoma multiforme had precraniotomy computed tomography (CT) scans from which the lesion size was determined by measuring the cross-sectional area. Thirty-two patients underwent surgery followed by irradiation, and 24 had surgery followed by irradiation and chemotherapy. There was no difference in survival between the 16 patients with small lesions and the 16 patients with large lesions in the surgery plus radiation alone group, nor in the 16 patients with small and 8 patients with large lesions in the surgery, radiation and chemotherapy group. Minimum follow-up was one year. Other possible prognostic factors including age, tumor grade, radiation dose, and performance status were comparable for each subgroup. Lesion size in glioblastoma multiforme appears unrelated to prognosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain Neoplasms / mortality
  • Brain Neoplasms / therapy
  • Child
  • Glioblastoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Glioblastoma / mortality
  • Glioblastoma / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*