The prognosis for patients with DIPG is very poor, with most studies indicating a median survival of less than 1 year from diagnosis. In a recent review of clinical studies, median overall survival ranged from 4-17 months, with median progression-free survival of 3-10 months. Overall survival at 1 year ranged from 14-70%, at 2 years from 0–25%, and at 3 years from 0-10%.[1]

In a series of studies, the median time between progression and death is just 1-4.5 months.[2]

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  1. Jansen, M.H., et al., Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas: A systematic update on clinical trials and biology. Cancer treatment reviews, 2012. 38(1): p. 27-35.
  2. Hargrave, D., U. Bartels, and E. Bouffet, Diffuse brainstem glioma in children: Critical review of clinical trials. The lancet oncology, 2006. 7(3): p. 241-8.
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