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


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.


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


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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