NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Brain Cancer – Gliomas, Version 1.2016
Who should read this book?
Gliomas are the most common type of cancer that
starts in the brain or spinal cord. The focus of the
book is treatment for gliomas among adults. Patients
and those who support them—caregivers, family, and
friends—may find this book helpful. It may help you
discuss and decide with doctors what care is best.
Where should I start reading?
is a good starting point to learn about
gliomas. It explains the types of gliomas.
briefly describes cancer tests and treatments so
you will understand your options. Options for
astrocytomas and glioblastomas are listed in
and oligodendrogliomas and oligoastrocytomas
are addressed in
. For brain and spinal
gives tips for
anyone making treatment decisions.
Does the whole book apply to
This book includes information for many situations.
Your medical team can help. They can point out what
parts of the book apply to you. They can also give
you more information. As you read through this book,
you may find it helpful to make a list of questions to
ask your doctors.
The recommendations in this book are based on
science and the experience of NCCN experts.
However, these recommendations may not be right
for you. Your doctors may suggest another screening
program based on your health and other factors. If
other suggestions are given, feel free to ask your
medical team questions.
Help! What do the words
In this book, many medical words are included.
These are words you will likely hear from your
treatment team. Most of these words may be new to
you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading
and review the information. Don’t be shy to ask your
treatment team to explain a word or phrase that you
do not understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the text
or in the
. Acronyms are also defined when
first used and in the
words formed from the first letters of several words.
One example is DNA for
How to use this book