This study aimed to define the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of temozolomide (TMZ) concurrent with radiotherapy (RT) after high-dose methotrexate (HD-MTX) for newly diagnosed primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL). Adult patients with PCNSL were treated according to a response-adapted strategy. HD-MTX (3.5 g/m2) was followed by concomitant RT and escalating TMZ (50–60–75 mg/m2/day, 5 days/week). The total radiation dose was modulated according to the patient’s response to HD-MTX. All patients received 30 Gy to the whole brain plus leptomeninges to C2, including the third posterior of the orbital cavity (clinical target volume 2; CTV2), plus 6, 10, or 16 Gy to the primary site, including the residual mass (CTV1), if a complete response (CR), partial response (PR)/stable disease (SD), or progressive disease (PD) was observed, respectively. Acute toxicities were graded according to the RTOG-EORTC criteria. Dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) was defined as grade 4 hematological toxicity or grade 3–4 hepatic toxicity, although 75 mg/m2/day was the maximum dose regardless of DLT. Neurocognitive function was evaluated using the Mini-Mental State Examination. Three patients were enrolled at each TMZ dose level (total = 9 patients). Twelve lesions were treated. Six patients received 2 cycles of HD-MTX, while 3 received only 1 cycle because of hepatic or renal toxicity. All patients completed chemoradiotherapy without interruptions. No DLT events were recorded. TMZ appears to be tolerable at a dose of 75 mg/m2/day when administered concomitantly with radiotherapy and after HD-MTX.
- CNS lymphoma
- Phase I study