Radiotherapy for brain tumors

Authors

  • Normand J. Laperriere MD,

    1. Radiation Oncologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Ontario Cancer Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada
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  • Mark Bernstein MD

    1. Head of the Division of Neurosurgery and Associate Surgeon in chief at the Toronto Hospital-Western Division and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada
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Abstract

Improved techniques of radiotherapy have led to marked improvement inthe results of radiotherapy for certain brain tumors, such asmedulloblastoma and pineal germinoma, but results for malignantastrocytoma, the most common brain tumor, have been modest. This articlereviews results of radiotherapy for brain tumors in adult patients over thelast decade and comments on the new approaches being studied.

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