Patients with brain tumor-related epilepsy

Marta Maschio, Loredana Dinapoli

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Abstract

Patients with brain tumor-related epilepsy (BTRE) present a complex therapeutic profile and require a unique and multidisciplinary approach. They, in fact, must face two different pathologies at the same time, brain tumor and epilepsy. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a customized treatment plan for each individual with BTRE. This requires a vision of patient management concerned not only with medical therapies related to the oncological disease and to the correct choice of antiepileptic therapies but also with emotional and psychological support for the individual and his/her family. The choice of antiepileptic drugs is challenging for these patients because BTRE is often drug-resistant, has a strong impact on the quality of life, and weighs heavily on public health expenditures. In brain tumor patients, the presence of epilepsy is considered the most important risk factor for long-term disability. The problem of the proper administration of medications and their potential side effects is of great importance, because good seizure control also has a significant impact on the patient's psychological and relational sphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neuro-Oncology
Volume109
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Antiepileptics
  • Brain tumor-related epilepsy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Quality of life
  • Side effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Neurology

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