A new Mayo Clinic study found that patients with low-grade gliomas survived longest when they underwent aggressive surgeries to successfully remove the entire tumor. If safely removing the entire tumor was not possible, patients survived significantly longer when surgery was followed by radiation therapy.
“This study is exciting because it shows how well glioma patients can do after surgery – an average of 15 years tumor-free is better than any previously published results,” says Nadia Laack, M.D., a Mayo Clinic radiation oncologist and lead author of this study. “It is also exciting to discover that patients can benefit from radiation therapy. It not only lengthens the time before the tumor comes back, it actually improves the length of time people live.”
This study is now available online as an advance publication in Neuro-Oncology.
Dr. Laack describes the study and current treatment options at Mayo Clinic: