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Onkologie 31. August 2010

Symptom control and quality of life in the end-of-life phase of brain tumour patients

Until date, patients with high-grade glioma (HGG) cannot be cured from their disease. Maintaining quality of life as long as possible is an important issue in this patient category. Little is known about the end-of-life phase, when the neurological condition declines and no further tumour treatment is possible. In the Netherlands, a retrospective study is being conducted interviewing relatives and physicians of a cohort of deceased high-grade glioma patients regarding the end-of-life phase of glioma patients. Preliminary results of this study are reported.

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