Therapy for Diffuse Astrocytic and Oligodendroglial Tumors in Adults: ASCO-SNO Guideline

J Clin Oncol. 2022 Feb 1;40(4):403-426. doi: 10.1200/JCO.21.02036. Epub 2021 Dec 13.


Purpose: To provide guidance to clinicians regarding therapy for diffuse astrocytic and oligodendroglial tumors in adults.

Methods: ASCO and the Society for Neuro-Oncology convened an Expert Panel and conducted a systematic review of the literature.

Results: Fifty-nine randomized trials focusing on therapeutic management were identified.

Recommendations: Adults with newly diagnosed oligodendroglioma, isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH)-mutant, 1p19q codeleted CNS WHO grade 2 and 3 should be offered radiation therapy (RT) and procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine (PCV). Temozolomide (TMZ) is a reasonable alternative for patients who may not tolerate PCV, but no high-level evidence supports upfront TMZ in this setting. People with newly diagnosed astrocytoma, IDH-mutant, 1p19q non-codeleted CNS WHO grade 2 should be offered RT with adjuvant chemotherapy (TMZ or PCV). People with astrocytoma, IDH-mutant, 1p19q non-codeleted CNS WHO grade 3 should be offered RT and adjuvant TMZ. People with astrocytoma, IDH-mutant, CNS WHO grade 4 may follow recommendations for either astrocytoma, IDH-mutant, 1p19q non-codeleted CNS WHO grade 3 or glioblastoma, IDH-wildtype, CNS WHO grade 4. Concurrent TMZ and RT should be offered to patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma, IDH-wildtype, CNS WHO grade 4 followed by 6 months of adjuvant TMZ. Alternating electric field therapy, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, should be considered for these patients. Bevacizumab is not recommended. In situations in which the benefits of 6-week RT plus TMZ may not outweigh the harms, hypofractionated RT plus TMZ is reasonable. In patients age ≥ 60 to ≥ 70 years, with poor performance status or for whom toxicity or prognosis are concerns, best supportive care alone, RT alone (for MGMT promoter unmethylated tumors), or TMZ alone (for MGMT promoter methylated tumors) are reasonable treatment options. Additional information is available at

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Astrocytoma / genetics
  • Astrocytoma / mortality
  • Astrocytoma / pathology
  • Astrocytoma / therapy*
  • Brain Neoplasms / genetics
  • Brain Neoplasms / mortality
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Clinical Decision-Making
  • Consensus
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology / standards*
  • Oligodendroglioma / genetics
  • Oligodendroglioma / mortality
  • Oligodendroglioma / pathology
  • Oligodendroglioma / therapy*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome