Conventional Radiation Therapy of Gliomas
Assessment of the value of radiation therapy in treatment of the gliomas is difficult. Neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists have had individual opinions regarding the usefulness of radiation therapy and have either given or withheld irradiation accordingly. Until a recent, and as yet unpublished, study of malignant gliomas (1) was initiated, these opinions had never been subjected to the rigors of prospective randomized investigation. Many retrospective analyses have been reported but often details of the surgical and radiation treatments have been omitted. In some reports it is even impossible to ascertain which patients received irradiation. Further compounding the problem is the fact that the natural history, resectability, and responsiveness to irradiation of the various gliomas differ widely.
KeywordsRadium Neurol Triad Astrocytoma Medulloblastoma
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