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Postoperative radiotherapy for meningiomas - a decision-making analysis

Galina Farina Fischer, Detlef Brügge, Nicolaus Andratschke, Brigitta Gertrud Baumert, Davide Giovanni Bosetti, Francesca Caparrotti, Evelyn Herrmann, Alexandros Papachristofilou, Susanne Rogers, Lucia Schwyzer, Daniel Rudolf Zwahlen, Thomas Hundsberger & Paul Martin Putora


The management of meningiomas is challenging, and the role of postoperative radiotherapy is not standardized.

Radiation oncology experts in Swiss centres were asked to participate in this decision-making analysis on the use of postoperative radiotherapy (RT) for meningiomas. Experts from ten Swiss centres agreed to participate and provided their treatment algorithms. Their input was converted into decision trees based on the objective consensus methodology. The decision trees were used as a basis to identify consensus and discrepancies in clinical routine.

Several criteria used for decision-making in postoperative RT in meningiomas were identified: histological grading, resection status, recurrence, location of the tumour, zugzwang (therapeutic need to treat and/or severity of symptoms), size, and cell division rate. Postoperative RT is recommended by all experts for WHO grade III tumours as well as for incompletely resected WHO grade II tumours. While most centres do not recommend adjuvant irradiation for WHO grade I meningiomas, some offer this treatment in recurrent situations or routinely for symptomatic tumours in critical locations. The recommendations for postoperative RT for recurrent or incompletely resected WHO grade I and II meningiomas were surprisingly heterogeneous.

Due to limited evidence on the utility of postoperative RT for meningiomas, treatment strategies vary considerably among clinical experts depending on the clinical setting, even in a small country like Switzerland. Clear majorities were identified for postoperative RT in WHO grade III meningiomas and against RT for hemispheric grade I meningiomas outside critical locations. The limited data and variations in clinical recommendations are in contrast with the high prevalence of meningiomas, especially in elderly individuals.
citation Fischer G F, Brügge D, Andratschke N, Baumert B G, Bosetti D G, Caparrotti F, Herrmann E, Papachristofilou A, Rogers S, Schwyzer L, Zwahlen D R, Hundsberger T, Putora P M. Postoperative radiotherapy for meningiomas - a decision-making analysis. BMC Cancer 2022; 22:492.
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 04-05-2022
journal title BMC Cancer (22/1)
ISSN electronic 1471-2407
pages 492
PubMed 35509011
DOI 10.1186/s12885-022-09607-z