Date of Graduation


Document Type

Thesis (MS)

Program Affiliation

Biomedical Sciences

Degree Name

Masters of Science (MS)

Advisor/Committee Chair

Jonathan C. Trent, MD PhD

Committee Member

Dejka M. Aruajo, MD

Committee Member

Dina C. Lev, MD

Committee Member

Alexander Lazar, MD PhD

Committee Member

Karin Hahn, MD


Tumors comprising the spectrum of hemangiopericytoma/ malignant solitary fibrous tumor (HPC/SFT) are thought to arise from fibroblasts and represent a small subset of soft tissue sarcomas. Surgery is typically the treatment of choice for localized disease, with reported 10-year overall survival rates of 54-89% after complete surgical resection. However, for the approximately 20% of HPC/SFT patients who eventually develop local recurrences and/or distant metastases, options for effective treatment are limited and are poorly defined. Alternative therapeutic options are therefore needed for improved palliation and disease control. We hypothesize that HPC/SFT are a spectrum of soft tissue tumors with unique clinical, pathological, and molecular makeup and clinical behavior. HPC/SFT respond to unique therapeutic agents that specifically target aberrations specific to these tumors. We retrospectively reviewed the characteristics and the clinical outcomes for all HPC/SFT patients whose tumor specimens have been reviewed at the MD Anderson Cancer Center from January 1993 to June 2007 by a MD Anderson pathologist and were treated at the institution with available electronic medical records. We identified 128 patients, 79 with primary localized disease and 49 with recurrent and/or metastatic disease. For the 23 patients with advanced HPC/SFT who received adriamycin-based, gemcitabine based, or paclitaxel chemotherapy as first- or second-line therapy, the overall RECIST response rate was 0%. Most patients achieved a brief duration of disease stabilization on chemotherapy, with median progression-free survival (PFS) period of 4.6 months. For the 14 patients with advanced HPC/SFT who received temozolomide and bevacizumab systemic therapy, the overall RECIST response rate was 14%, with the overall Choi response rate of 79%. The median PFS for the cohort was 9.7 months with a median 6-month progression free rate of 78.6%. The most frequently observed toxic effect of temzolomide-bevacizumab therapy was myelosuppression. We have designed a phase II study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of temozolomide-bevaciumab in locally advanced, recurrent, and metastatic HPC/SFT in a prospective manner. Combination therapy with temozolomide and bevacizumab may be a potentially clinically beneficial regimen for advanced HPC/SFT patients.


hemangiopericytoma, solitary fibrous tumor, soft tissue sarcoma, temozolomide, bevacizumab

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