Changing Paradigms in the Rehabilitation of Inpatients with Brain Tumors
Neurologic tumors account for over 50% of American acute inpatient rehabilitation facility cancer admissions. WHO grade IV astrocytoma (also known as glioblastoma multiforme, high-grade glioma or GBM) is the most common primary brain tumor in adults and is invariably fatal. The majority of primary brain tumor patients experience neurologic deficits. However, under-referral from oncology to rehabilitation has been reported. This brief narrative review article covers functional, medical, and regulatory considerations when rehabilitating brain tumor inpatients.
KeywordsInpatient Rehabilitation Brain Astrocytoma Glioma Glioblastoma
This work is supported in part by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Support Grant CA 016672.
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