Human lymphoblastoid alpha-interferon was administered intravenously or intramuscularly to 19 patients with recurrent gliomas. Each patient had previously undergone surgery and radiation therapy. The treatment course consisted of 8 weeks of therapy with an escalating daily dosage and number of days of treatment per week to a total dose of 900 x 106 U/sq m. Response to treatment was determined by serial computerized tomography (CT) scans. Seven of the 17 evaluable patients were determined to be treatment responders at 12 weeks (1 month after completion of treatment), and the other 10 patients exhibited tumor progression during this period. Median survival time was 511 days for the responders versus 147 days for the non-responding patients. Interferon appears to be efficacious in the treatment of recurrent anaplastic gliomas as defined by CT brain scan responses following therapy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology