Clinical Targeting of Altered Metabolism in High-Grade Glioma

Cancer J. 2021 Sep-Oct;27(5):386-394. doi: 10.1097/PPO.0000000000000550.


High-grade gliomas are among the deadliest of all cancers despite standard treatments, and new therapeutic strategies are needed to improve patient outcome. Targeting the altered metabolic state of tumors with traditional chemotherapeutic agents has a history of success, and our increased understanding of cellular metabolism in the past 2 decades has reinvigorated the concept of novel metabolic therapies in brain tumors. Here we highlight metabolic alterations in advanced gliomas and their translation into clinical trials using both novel agents and already established drugs repurposed for cancer treatment in an effort to improve outcome for these deadly diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents* / pharmacology
  • Antineoplastic Agents* / therapeutic use
  • Brain Neoplasms* / drug therapy
  • Glioma* / drug therapy
  • Humans


  • Antineoplastic Agents