December 20th, 2015

Podcast 193: Glioma survival lengthened

We usually don’t venture into oncology here, but the approach taken to glioma treatment in a JAMA paper — maintenance therapy with chemotherapy plus alternating electrical fields delivered transdermally via transducers — seems worth reporting to all clinicians. It prolonged patients’ lives significantly, which, according to an editorialist, hasn’t occurred in this disease in at least a decade.

The first-author of the manufacturer-sponsored research, Dr. Roger Stupp, explains the approach and the implications it holds for patients with this rapidly progressing tumor.

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