A recent study by the Mayo clinic presented at the Society for Neuro oncology annual scientific meeting and Education day at Montreal, has revealed an extraordinary fact that children with low-grade brain tumors (gliomas) gain a much better prospect of survival with aggressive surgery. Moreover, the application of radiation therapy to an incomplete surgery provides the same results as should have been in case of a complete removal surgery.
The study’s foremost pioneer, Nadia Laack, says ‘This study further reinforces Mayo Clinic’s practice of aggressive surgical resection’. She further opines, ‘we found that when compared to previous studies, more children are now able to have complete removals, most likely due to the fact that we have better neuro-surgical techniques and better imaging techniques that help guide the surgeons’.
Now to establish their findings , Dr Laack with a few other researchers categorized 127 consecutive pediatric patients with WHO’s grade I and grade II low-grade gliomas who have had treatment at the Mayo clinic between 1990 and 2005. According to the outcome of this experiment, 89% of the patients are surviving more than 10 years later.
Dr Laack merrily concludes, ‘This is great news for families because it shows that even if a complete surgery is not possible , adding radiation to a less -than complete surgery reduce their chances of tumor progression to yield the same outcome as if there was a complete removal’.
Source : http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-11/mc-mcs112210.php