"He went through six operations and was placed on a clinical trial so he could try new treatments.”
A study looking at radiotherapy after surgery to treat a type of brain tumour called meningioma
This study looked at radiotherapy after surgery to help prevent meningioma coming back.
A meningioma is a tumour that starts in the membrane (meninges) covering the brain and spinal cord. They are usually benign (not cancerous). Although benign meningiomas (grade 1) are slow growing, other meningiomas can grow more quickly. Doctors call these atypical (grade 2) or malignant (grade 3) meningiomas.
This study was for people who had a grade 2 or grade 3 meningioma.
It was open for people to join between 2008 and 2013, and these results were published in 2018.
More about this trial
- if high dose radiotherapy helped stop the meningioma coming back
- how well people coped with having radiotherapy
- more about the side effects
Summary of results
- 69 had a grade 2 meningioma
- 9 had a grade 3 meningioma
- 56 had their meningioma completely removed and 30 radiotherapy treatments (group 1)
- 12 had part of their meningioma removed and 35 radiotherapy treatments (group 2)
- 7 had their meningioma completely removed and 30 radiotherapy treatments (group 3)
- 2 had part of their meningioma removed and 35 radiotherapy treatments (group 4)
- ability to carry out simple instructions and tasks
- 3 had fits (seizures)
- 1 had eye damage
- 1 didn’t have enough blood flow to the brain
How to join a clinical trial
Dr Sarah Jefferies
European Organisation for Research
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer