Radiosurgical Treatment of Progressive Malignant Brain Tumors

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Part of the Methods of Cancer Diagnosis, Therapy and Prognosis book series (HAYAT, volume 8)

Abstract

This chapter will focus on one of the most feared scenarios in clinical medicine: the neurologically well patient who harbors an unresectable malignant brain tumor that is growing despite extensive adjuvant therapy. All proven therapeutic avenues have been exhausted and the patient is doomed to a crushing neurological death, despite, at least for the moment, being neurologically normal. Far from occasional curiosities, these scenarios are becoming commonplace in busy oncology centers as advances in surgical technique, chemotherapy, and conformal radiotherapy allow patients to live long enough to develop these serious intracranial tumors. The clinician, therefore, is faced with a disturbing dilemma: what can be offered to these desperate patients when all proven methods of treatment have failed?

Keywords

Single Shot Optic Chiasm Critical Structure Malignant Brain Tumor Conventional Radiotherapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryMedical College of GeorgiaAugustaUSA

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