Survival alone is no longer an adequate outcome for persons with brain tumors; the quality of the survivorship experience should be viewed with equal importance. Symptom management is a significant component of quality survivorship care. Regardless of their histology, brain tumors and therapies used to treat them produce symptoms that affect an individuals ability to function in everyday life. Common symptoms include fatigue, cognitive impairment, distress, and sleep disturbance. Symptom-based interventions for persons with brain tumors focus on prevention, self-management, and prescriptive interventions targeted to these problems. Unfortunately, little evidence exists to support many interventions, making it challenging for clinicians to provide concrete recommendations. Research is needed to provide evidence in support of symptom-based interventions while novel approaches to these challenging problems are developed.
- survivorship symptom management
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Cancer Research