Is Chemotherapy Effective for Glioblastoma in the Final Stage?

Q:
Is chemotherapy effective for glioblastoma in the final stage?

A:
Chemotherapy is not suitable for patient with final stage glioblastoma.

On the one hand, chemotherapy may be effective in the early stage of glioblastoma. Most studies show no benefits from the addition of chemotherapy in the final stage. Besides,chemotherapy has some short-term side effects which are not helpful for patient with final stage glioblastoma.

On the other hand, patient with final stage glioblastoma is extremely weak, he/she may be unconscious and may lose memory. Treatments can control the growth of glioblastoma, doctor will give palliative care to the patient with the aim of comfort and giving relief as much as possible.

Keywords: final stage glioblastoma; final stages glioblastoma brain cancer

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