for people ages 1-21 (full criteria)
at Oakland, California and other locations
study started



RATIONALE: Specialized radiation therapy that delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor may kill more tumor cells and cause less damage to normal tissue. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Giving chemotherapy before surgery may shrink the tumor so that it can be removed during surgery.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to determine the effectiveness of specialized radiation therapy either alone or after chemotherapy and second surgery in treating children who have undergone surgery for localized ependymoma.

Official Title

A Phase II Trial of Conformal Radiation Therapy for Pediatric Patients With Localized Ependymoma, Chemotherapy Prior to Second Surgery for Incompletely Resected Ependymoma and Observation for Completely Resected, Differentiated, Supratentorial Ependymoma



  • Determine the local control and pattern of failure in children with completely resected, differentiated, supratentorial localized ependymoma after initial surgical resection alone.
  • Determine the rate of complete resection with second surgery after chemotherapy in patients with initially incompletely resected localized ependymoma.
  • Determine the local control and pattern of failure in patients treated with conformal radiotherapy.
  • Determine the influence of histologic grade on the time to progression in patients after treatment with conformal radiotherapy.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to extent of prior surgical resection.

  • Group 1 (patients with supratentorial differentiated ependymoma who have undergone gross total resection and have no visible residual tumor): Patients undergo observation.
  • Group 2 (patients with supratentorial anaplastic ependymoma or infratentorial anaplastic or differentiated ependymoma who have undergone gross total resection or near total resection): Patients undergo conformal radiotherapy to the brain once daily 5 days a week for 6-6½ weeks.
  • Group 3 (patients with tumor of any histology or location who have undergone subtotal resection): Patients receive an initial course of chemotherapy comprising vincristine IV on days 1 and 8, carboplatin IV over 1 hour on day 1, and cyclophosphamide IV over 1 hour on days 1 and 2. Patients also receive filgrastim (G-CSF) subcutaneously or IV beginning on day 3 and continuing until blood counts recover. Patients then receive a second course of chemotherapy comprising vincristine IV on days 1 and 8, carboplatin IV over 1 hour on day 1, and oral etoposide on days 1-21. After completion of chemotherapy, patients are evaluated for second surgery. Patients who have unresectable disease undergo conformal radiotherapy. Patients who have resectable disease undergo second surgery followed by conformal radiotherapy.

Patients are followed every 4 months for 3 years, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 250-350 patients will be accrued for this study within 5 years.


Brain Tumor Central Nervous System Tumor childhood supratentorial ependymoma newly diagnosed childhood ependymoma childhood infratentorial ependymoma Ependymoma Nervous System Neoplasms Central Nervous System Neoplasms Cyclophosphamide Etoposide phosphate Carboplatin Etoposide Vincristine Podophyllotoxin Lenograstim Mesna filgrastim vincristine sulfate radiation therapy therapeutic conventional surgery


For people ages 1-21


  • Histologically confirmed intracranial ependymoma
  • Differentiated ependymoma or anaplastic ependymoma
  • No primary spinal cord ependymoma, myxopapillary ependymoma, subependymoma,ependymoblastoma, or mixed glioma
  • No evidence of noncontiguous spread beyond primary site
  • Initial surgical resection within the past 56 days



  • 1 to 21

Performance status:

  • No restrictions

Life expectancy:

  • At least 2 months


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Able to undergo MRI
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified


  • No prior chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • Prior or concurrent corticosteroids allowed


  • No prior radiotherapy


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • More than 1 prior surgery allowed


  • No other prior treatment for ependymoma


  • Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
    Oakland California 94609 United States
  • UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center
    San Francisco California 94115 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Children's Oncology Group
Phase 2
Study Type
Last Updated