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New Approach for the Treatment of Malignant Brain Tumors; Initial Chemotherapy Alone After Surgery Is Just As Successful As Initial Radiation Therapy, University of Heidelberg Study


10/1/2009 7:22:44 AM

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University of Heidelberg -- Initial chemotherapy alone after surgery is just as successful as initial radiation therapy for patients from whom a very malignant brain tumor (anaplastic glioma) was removed. With this treatment, the patients survive on average > 30 months without a recurrence. A study conducted by the Neurooncology Working Group of the German Cancer Society led by researchers from Heidelberg and Zürich showed that patients in primary therapy benefit to the same extent from chemotherapy alone as from radiation alone.

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