Temozolomide in advanced and recurrent uterine leiomyosarcoma and correlation with O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase expression a case series

J. Stuart Ferriss, Kristen A. Atkins, Jason A. Lachance, Susan C. Modesitt, Amir A. Jazaeri

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Introduction: Our objective was to retrospectively review temozolomide in advanced and recurrent uterine leiomyosarcoma and to determine if tumor O 6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) expression correlated with clinical response. Methods: All patients with advanced or recurrent uterine leiomyosarcoma who received temozolomide during treatment were retrospectively identified. Relevant clinical and pathologic data were collected and compared. O6-Methylguanine DNA methyltransferase expression was assessed by immunohistochemistry and scored by a gynecologic pathologist blinded to clinical outcomes. Results: From 1999 to 2008, 9 cases of leiomyosarcoma were diagnosed; 6 patients received temozolomide. Median follow-up was 54 months (range, 4-114 months). There was 1 patient with complete response, 1 durable partial response (27+ months), 3 stable disease (range, 3-10 months), and 1 progressive disease. Overall, 5 out of 6 patients derived clinical benefit. The patient with a complete response recurred 18 months after her last cycle. Median progression free interval was 15.4 months (95% confidence interval, 9.4-21.4). Two patients died of disease. Temozolomidewaswell tolerated with no dose-limiting toxicities, and no dose adjustments were required in 64 prescribed cycles. The MGMT expression was inversely correlated with response to temozolomide. Patients with tumors negative forMGMT expression had a median progression free interval of 18.5 months compared with 3 months for those whose tumors were positive, although not statistically significant. Conclusions: Temozolomide is an easily administered, well-tolerated chemotherapeutic option in advanced or recurrent uterine leiomyosarcomas with a reasonable response rate. Assessment of MGMT expression may identify a subset of patients that will respond optimally to this therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-125
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • MGMT
  • Temozolomide
  • Uterine leiomyosarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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