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01.09.2012 | review | Ausgabe 3/2012 Open Access

memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology 3/2012

Current treatment of low grade gliomas

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memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology > Ausgabe 3/2012
Autoren:
MD Martin J. van den Bent, MD Tom J. Snijders, MD Jacoline E. C. Bromberg

Abstract

Low grade gliomas affect predominantly young adults, and have a relatively favorable prognosis compared to grade III and grade IV gliomas. The challenge for an optimal management of these patients is to find the balance between an optimal survival and the preservation of neurological function including cognition. Because all medical treatments may induce side effects, in young and nearly asymptomatic patients the choices can be difficult. This review summarizes the current strategies: a watch-and-wait policy, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy.
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