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Jefferson neurosurgeon helps draft new treatment guidelines for brain metastases
Date:12/10/2009

of treatment regimens offering the best results. These new evidence-based guidelines offer us the opportunity to discuss with our patients the best available treatment option for them."

Of the 1.4 million individuals with cancer in 2008, 30 to 40 percent will develop brain metastasis compared to the approximately 17,000 new cases annually of primary malignant brain tumors, cancers that originate in the brain. The primary goal of these new guidelines is to identify best treatment practices leading to the best outcomes for patients. In cases where there was not enough data to suggest a guideline or recommendation for a particular treatment, the group listed all of the relevant ongoing clinical trials in their report, as well as needed future studies, to inform the medical community and to foster support for continuing this research.

The new brain metastases guidelines include:

  • A range of therapeutic options for treating brain metastases;
  • The existing evidence used to guide decision-making and its limitations;
  • The range of diversity in practice patterns and the various demographic factors that influence clinical decisions; and
  • The impact of expert reviews of published clinical evidence on practice regarding treatment options for brain metastases.

This strict evidenced-based protocol was endorsed by not only the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and American Association of Neurological Surgeons, but also by the AANS/CNS Joint Tumor Section as well as experts from a wide range of multidisciplinary fields, including: radiation oncology, medical oncology and neuro-oncology, and neurosurgery.

The guidelines are set to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Neuro-Oncology.


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Contact: Ed Federico
ed.federico@jefferson.edu
Thomas Jefferson University
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