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Age and weight are factors which affect chances of recovery from rare brain tumour

Tuesday, 29 September, 2020 - 21:41

Study involving researchers from Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems identifies factors which affect postoperative progression of rare brain tumour in adults.

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Krems (Austria), September 30th, 2020 – Age and body mass index are among the factors that have a significant impact on the clinical course of a particular type of brain tumour, known as pilocytic astrocytoma, in adult patients. This was the main finding of one of the world’s largest studies on this topic, which has now been published in an international journal. The study was conducted by the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Vienna) in conjunction with researchers from Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems (KL Krems) and partners from Germany. The researchers showed that pilocytic astrocytoma has very specific characteristics when it affects adults – recurrence or progression occurs almost twice as frequently following operative resection in comparison with child sufferers. A body mass index of over 23 also led to more frequent recurrence of the tumour. In future, these new insights could result in more accurate prognosis for adult patients, and enable corresponding optimisation of treatment approaches.

Complete Press Release: www.kl.ac.at/en/presse/aussendungen/astrocytoma

Original publication: Clinical characteristics and prognostic factors of adult patients with pilocytic astrocytoma. M. J. Mair, A. Wöhrer, J. Furtner, A. Simonovska, B. Kiesel, S. Oberndorfer, K. Ungersböck, C. Marosi, F. Sahm, J. A. Hainfellner, K. Rössler, M. Preusser, G. Widhalm., A. S. Berghoff, Journal of Neuro-Oncology (2020) 148:187–198

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11060-020-03513-9

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