Update: diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of glioma

As the profession of neurology becomes increasingly subspecialized, it becomes more and more difficult for general neurologists to feel comfortable with every category of disease. At no time is this felt more keenly than when an imaging procedure has been performed on a patient for a seizure, headache, or focal neurologic complaint and a brain tumor is discovered. In contrast to consulting with a patient with a movement disorder or neuromuscular disease, there is no time to craft the discussion and discuss a differential diagnosis. As with demyelinating disease or stroke, the scan result dictates an immediate conversation with the patient, but in contrast to those disorders this takes place from the perspective of a provider who understands that the eventual outcome for the patient is likely to be guarded. How to give that message with tact, candor, and some optimism could be the sole topic of this article but, instead, we focus on 5 new ideas that are changing the management of brain tumor patients in the hopes that these points might prove useful during those times (Full text).

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