Tamoxifen. A treatment for meningioma?

Cancer Treat Res Commun. 2021:27:100343. doi: 10.1016/j.ctarc.2021.100343. Epub 2021 Feb 24.


Background: No large-scale study evaluating the usefulness of tamoxifen after meningioma surgery has been undertaken.

Methods: We processed the French Système National des Données de Santé (SNDS) database using an algorithm combining the type of surgical procedure and the International Classification of Diseases to retrieve cases of meningiomas operated between 2007 and 2017. Survival analyses were performed using a matched cohort study.

Results: 251 patients treated by tamoxifen were extracted from a nationwide population-based cohort of 28 924 patients operated on for a meningioma over a 10-year period. 94% were female and median age at meningioma first surgery was 57 years IQR[47-67]. Tamoxifen treatment median duration was 1.4 years IQR[0.4-3.2]. Tamoxifen treatment median cumulative given dose was 11.4 gs, IQR[3.6-24.9]. There was a strong positive correlation between treatment duration and cumulative dose (τ=0.81, p<0.001). 6% of the patient had to be reoperated for a meningioma recurrence and 26.3% had radiotherapy. OS rates at 5 and 10 years were: 92.3%, 95%CI[90.3-94.3] and 81.3%, 95%CI[75.2-88] respectively. These 251 patients were matched by gender, age at surgery and grade with the same number of subjects within the nationwide cohort. Nor overall (HR=1.46, 95%CI[0.86- 2.49], p=0.163) or progression-free survival (HR=1.2, 95%CI[0.89- 1.62], p=0.239) were significantly improved by the tamoxifen treatment.

Conclusion: Using this unique database, in the setting of breast cancer, we could not conclude on a favourable effect of tamoxifen to prevent recurrence after meningioma surgery or to increase meningioma-related survival even in case of prolonged treatment duration or high cumulative given dose.

Keywords: Database; Meningioma; SNDS; Survival; Tamoxifen.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chemoradiotherapy, Adjuvant / methods
  • Chemoradiotherapy, Adjuvant / statistics & numerical data
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant / methods
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant / statistics & numerical data*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Female
  • France / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / mortality
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Meninges / pathology
  • Meninges / surgery
  • Meningioma / mortality
  • Meningioma / therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / epidemiology*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / prevention & control
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / therapy
  • Progression-Free Survival
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Analysis
  • Tamoxifen / administration & dosage*
  • Time Factors


  • Tamoxifen