Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know When Caring for Patients with Brain Cancer

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Journal of palliative medicine


The diagnosis of an aggressive, primary brain tumor is life altering for those affected and too often portends a poor prognosis. Despite decades of research, neither a cure nor even a therapy that reliably and dramatically prolongs survival has been found. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments that may prolong the life of select brain tumor patients although the symptom burden can sometimes be high. This article brings together neuro-oncologists, neurologists, and palliative care (PC) physicians to help shine a light on these diseases, their genetics, treatment options, and the symptoms likely to be encountered both from the underlying illness and its treatment. We hope to increase the understanding that PC teams have around these illnesses to improve care for patients and families.

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ePub ahead of print