Update on Brain Tumors: New Developments in Neuro-oncologic Diagnosis and Treatment, and Impact on Rehabilitation Strategies

Samman Shahpar*, Priya V. Mhatre, Mark E. Huang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Brain tumors can be a source of functional impairment to patients due to neurologic sequelae associated with the tumor itself as well as treatment side effects. As a result, many of these patients may require rehabilitation services. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy have been longstanding, primary treatment modalities in the management of brain tumors, though these treatments continue to evolve given new developments in research and technology. A better understanding of the diagnostic workup and current treatment standards helps the physiatrist and rehabilitation team identify rehabilitation services needed, recognize potential side-effects from anticipated or concurrent treatments, and coordinate care with referral sources. The purpose of this article is to review these new advances in diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain tumors, as well as discuss the rehabilitation implications for this population, including factors such as rehabilitation approach, timing of concomitant treatment, cost management, and coordination of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)678-689
Number of pages12
JournalPM and R
Volume8
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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