Somatostatin Receptor Theranostics for Refractory Meningiomas

Curr Oncol. 2022 Aug 4;29(8):5550-5565. doi: 10.3390/curroncol29080438.


Somatostatin receptor (SSTR)-targeted peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) represents a promising approach for treatment-refractory meningiomas progressing after surgery and radiotherapy. The aim of this study was to provide outcomes of patients harboring refractory meningiomas treated by 177Lu-DOTATATE and an overall analysis of progression-free survival at 6 months (PFS-6) of the same relevant studies in the literature. Eight patients with recurrent and progressive WHO grade II meningiomas were treated after multimodal pretreatment with 177Lu-DOTATATE between 2019 and 2022. Primary and secondarily endpoints were progression-free survival at 6-months (PFS-6) and toxicity, respectively. PFS-6 analysis of our case series was compared with other similar relevant studies that included 86 patients treated with either 177Lu-DOTATATE or 90Y-DOTATOC. Our retrospective study showed a PFS-6 of 85.7% for WHO grade II progressive refractory meningiomas. Treatment was clinically and biologically well tolerated. The overall analysis of the previous relevant studies showed a PFS-6 of 89.7% for WHO grade I meningiomas (n = 29); 57.1% for WHO grade II (n = 21); and 0 % for WHO grade III (n = 12). For all grades (n = 86), including unknown grades, PFS-6 was 58.1%. SSTR-targeted PRRT allowed us to achieve prolonged PFS-6 in patients with WHO grade I and II progressive refractory meningiomas, except the most aggressive WHO grade II tumors. Large scale randomized trials are warranted for the better integration of PRRT in the treatment of refractory meningioma into clinical practice guidelines.

Keywords: meningioma; peptide receptor radionuclide therapy; somatostatin receptor; treatment-refractory meningioma.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Meningeal Neoplasms* / radiotherapy
  • Meningioma* / radiotherapy
  • Positron-Emission Tomography
  • Precision Medicine
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Receptors, Somatostatin
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Yttrium Radioisotopes


  • Receptors, Somatostatin
  • Yttrium Radioisotopes
  • copper dotatate CU-64
  • Yttrium-90

Grant support

This research received no external funding.