Clinical Case Database / Category: Patient Management
Brain tumour treatment options
Dr Timothy Simmons, Dr Caroline Bridgewater, Dr Matthew Hatton
Foundation Years Journal, volume 6, issue 9, p.50 (123Doc Education, London, October 2012)
As with almost any cancer presentation, brain tumours are a diverse group of diseases with widely varying morbidities, prognoses and treatment options. The most common tumours found in the brain are metastases from an extracranial site (1) - approximately 8.3 per 100,000 compared with 6.6 per 100,000 for primary brain tumours. However, primary brain tumours are the second most common childhood cancer and the most common solid tumour in children (2), with different treatment options and a superior prognosis compared to adult tumours. Treatment modalities for brain tumours include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and supportive care. This article will give an overview of the care of adult patients with central nervous system (CNS) metastatic disease and some of the more common primary brain tumours including high and low grade gliomas.
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Dr Timothy Simmons
Dr Caroline Bridgewater
Dr Matthew Hatton
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