Medulloblastoma Patients Should Receive Both Chemotherapy and Radiation Post-surgery
New Haven, Conn. – In a recent study, a Yale Cancer Center team revealed that the addition of chemotherapy to postoperative treatment for adults with medulloblastoma improves survival. The benefit of chemotherapy, in addition to craniospinal radiation, was seen in adult patients with medulloblastoma (MB), including those with localized disease who received high-dose radiation treatment following surgery. The findings were presented September 26 at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.
Medulloblastoma is the most common brain tumor in children, but is relatively rare in adults. Chemotherapy use in adult MB is largely based on pediatric outcomes, and its effectiveness has been unclear.
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