The Hospital Universitario Donostia (at the city of Donostia-San Sebastián in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa) has incorporated a new glioblastoma multiforme treatment protocol, which could be the starting point for a more effective treatment of this type of cancer. Doctor Nicolás Samprón, specialist in Neurosurgery at the hospital, has presented his PhD at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) based on the first results of the new treatment method. The work is entitled Glioblastoma multiforme. Analysis of survival and prognostic factors.
As Dr Samprón explained, each year there are between three and six cases of glioblastoma multiforme for every 100,000 inhabitants and, thereby, between 30 and 40 new cases correspond to the Hospital Donostia annually. It is not, therefore, an infrequent illness. The new protocol incorporated into the hospital —analysed in this thesis— puts forward a more multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of patients suffering from this type of cancer. The key figure at the hospital is the Neuro-oncological hospitalisation committee or team, on which neurosurgeons, neurologists, cancer experts, anatomical pathologists, radiologists and others serve; all specialists involved in the care of these patients. The idea is, thus, to provide a more personalised treatment and monitoring.17 ½ months
The thesis also highlights a finding as regards determining factors for prognosis. As Dr. Samprón pointed out, the general health situation of the patient at the moment of the diagnosis is the most efficacious indicative factor when predicting the most favourable prognosis, whereas molecular studies have not provided conclusive results with respect to this prognosis.About the author
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