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Successful treatment of a TSC2-mutant glioblastoma with everolimus


A 14-year-old boy with familial Li-Fraumeni syndrome presented with diplopia. Brain MRI revealed a right temporoparietal rim-enhancing mass. Following surgical resection and diagnosis of a gigantocellular-type glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), his family wished to avoid cytotoxic chemotherapy given the amplified risk of secondary malignancy. As such, we performed whole exome and transcriptome sequencing, which revealed germline TP53 and somatic TSC2 mutations. On completion of adjuvant radiotherapy, he was started on maintenance therapy with everolimus per recommendations from our multi-institutional brain tumour precision medicine tumour board. He has achieved a complete remission with resolution of visual symptoms and remains on everolimus therapy with concurrent electromagnetic field therapy, now 33 months from diagnosis. Our data highlight the benefit of precision medicine in children with GBM and offer insight into a targetable pathway that may be involved in similar cases.

  • paediatric oncology
  • neuro-oncology
  • cancer intervention
  • CNS cancer
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