memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 233–235 | Cite as

The End-of-Life in patients with glioma and their families

  • Christine Marosi
  • Birgit Flechl
  • Stefan Oberndorfer
short review

Abstract

Patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) are confronted with a very serious disease and suffer sooner or later from various physical, psychic, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms. This is a big challenge, not just for the patients, even their (caring) family members are forced to deal with this new life-changing situation. Studies investigate symptoms and circumstances of GBM patients during their End-of-Life phase. It is out of discussion, that patients with GBM and their family members should be prepared for the inevitable End-of-Life phase very early in the disease, however, presently there are neither existing guidelines for treating physicians, nor educational programs for caring family members available.

Keywords

End-of-Life phase Glioblastoma multiforme Family caregivers Burden of caring 

Notes

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Marosi
    • 1
  • Birgit Flechl
    • 1
  • Stefan Oberndorfer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine I/Clinical Division of Oncology & Comprehensive Cancer Center—Central Nervous System Tumour Unit (CCC-CNS)Medical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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