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Systemic treatment of recurrent meningioma

Patrick Y Wen, MD
Section Editor
Jay S Loeffler, MD
Deputy Editor
April F Eichler, MD, MPH


Meningiomas account for approximately one-third of primary central nervous system tumors (table 1 and figure 1). Surgery and/or radiation therapy (RT) constitutes the initial therapeutic approach. Furthermore, surgery and/or RT are able to control disease in some patients with recurrence.

Despite the appropriate use of surgery and RT for initial management and management of recurrent disease, there is a subset of patients in whom disease cannot be controlled with these approaches. Experience with systemic therapy is limited, and most data are from observational studies. Although a number of agents have been studied, none have an established role in prolonging progression-free or overall survival [1].

The available data for systemic therapy is reviewed here. Topics dealing with other aspects of meningioma management include:

(See "Epidemiology, pathology, clinical features, and diagnosis of meningioma".)

(See "Management of known or presumed benign (WHO grade I) meningioma".)


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