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J Korean Soc Ther Radiol > Volume 7(2); 1989 > Article
Journal of the Korean Society for Therapeutic Radiology 1989;7(2): 189-196.
Radiotherapy Result of Brain Stem Tumors
II Han Kim, Mi Gyoung Yang, Charn Il Park
Department of Therapeutic Radkology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
Twenty five patients with tumors of the brain stem were treated with radiotherapy between 1979 and 1987. Histological diagnosis could be obtained in 6 cases, and other 19 patients were diagnosed by neurologic findings and CT or MRI. Eighteen patients were treated by radical radiotherapy and 6 patients received both operation and radiotherapy, while 1 patient received chemotherapy after radiotherapy. Total dose ranged from 50 Gy to 55 Gy. By an clinical scoring scale at 2 months after radiotherapy, no complete response was obtained, but 16 cases achieved partial response, 2 cases were stable, and 4 cases were deteriorated. The overall survival rate at 3 years was 36%. Age, performance status at diagnosis, degree of cranial nerve involvement, CT pattern of post-contrast enhancement, and clinical response by scoring scale were correlated with survival.
Key Words: Brain stem tumor, Radiotherapy, Clinical response, Survival
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