Age is a major determinant for poor prognosis in patients with pilocytic astrocytoma: a SEER population study

Yusuke Tomita, Elizabeth A. Hibler, Yasuki Suruga, Joji Ishida, Kentaro Fujii, Kaishi Satomi, Koichi Ichimura, Nobuyuki Hirotsune, Isao Date, Yoshihiro Tanaka, Yoshihiro Otani

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Background Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) are central nervous system tumors with variable prognosis and poorly understood risk factors. Little evidence exists regarding the effect of age on mortality in PA. Therefore, we conducted a thorough characterization of PA in the US. Methods We queried the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database between 2000 and 2018 to extract age-adjusted incidence rate (AAIR), age-adjusted mortality rate (AAMR), and survival data on PA. The age group comparisons for each measure varied depending on available SEER data. We compared trends in AAIR and AAMR by two age groups (children, 0–19 years; adults, 20 + years) and by sex. The cumulative incidence function and the Fine-Gray competing risk model were applied by 0–19, 20–39, 40–59, and 60 + years of age groups. Results This study included 5211 incident PA and 462 PA-specific deaths between 2000 and 2018. Trends in AAIRs and AAMRs were almost constant between 2000 and 2018. Average AAIRs had a sharp peak in 1–4 years of age groups, whereas AAMRs had a gradual peak in 80–84 years of age groups. Age groups, tumor location, and race/ethnicity were significantly associated with PA-specific death, whereas only age was associated with other cause of deaths. Conclusions Trends in AAIRs and AAMRs were constant regardless of age. PAs in older populations, especially over 60 years old, have higher incidence of death than those in younger populations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical and Experimental Medicine
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Age-adjusted incidence
  • Age-adjusted mortality
  • Pilocytic astrocytoma
  • SEER
  • USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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