Measuring clinical outcomes in neuro-oncology. A battery to evaluate low-grade gliomas (LGG)

Costanza Papagno, Alessandra Casarotti, Alessandro Comi, Marcello Gallucci, Marco Riva, Lorenzo Bello

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Abstract

We describe how a neuropsychological evaluation in patients with brain tumors should be performed, specifically in the case of low-grade gliomas. Neuropsychological examination is crucial before starting any treatment as well as during the follow-up, since it can improve neurosurgery techniques and reveal potential cognitive effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, besides planning rehabilitation. We underline that sensitive and wide-ranging tests are required; specific tasks based on the lesion site should be added. Moreover, some tests can provide additional information about the evolution of the tumor. A careful, thorough examination improves quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-275
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuro-Oncology
Volume108
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Awake surgery
  • Brain plasticity
  • Low-grade glioma
  • Neuropsychological tasks
  • Predictive value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Neurology

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