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Cognitive Rehabilitation

  • Chiara Zucchella
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Abstract

Increased life expectancy in patients with brain tumours has led to a greater risk of cognitive deficits across many domains, that reduce patients’ autonomy and participation, with a deep impact on patients’ and caregivers’ quality of life.

Cognitive rehabilitation interventions, that exploit the plastic properties of the brain to reorganize after an injury, have been proven to be useful in the treatment of cognitive deficits in various populations of patients with other neurological disorders; conversely, studies investigating the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation in neuro-oncological population are few. Although still preliminary, however, evidence suggests that multidisciplinary approaches to rehabilitation that encompasses adaptive, remedial, functional, and metacognitive interventions can optimize cognitive outcome of neuro-oncological patients and occur in parallel with disease-centred, medical management. In this area interest is growing hand in hand with the awareness that long-term treatment and disease-related morbidity can’t be neglected and that measures of health-related quality of life are important outcome measures for brain tumour patients, complementing traditional measures of survival or disease stability.

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  • Chiara Zucchella
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  1. 1.Neurology A – Verona University HospitalVeronaItaly

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