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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Brain Cancer – Gliomas, Version 1.2016

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Astrocytomas

Anaplastic astrocytomas

Guide 7. Follow-up care

Test

Test schedule

Brain MRI

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• At 2–6 weeks after radiation therapy has ended

◦◦ If results are stable, then repeat every 2–4 months for 2–3 years

◦◦ If results are stable, then repeat less often

Guide 8. Recurrence

The cancer isn’t widespread

Your surgery status

What are the options?

Approved and agree to surgery

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• Surgery ±

carmustine wafer

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• Chemotherapy

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• Radiation therapy again

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• Best supportive care

Not approved or decline surgery

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• Best supportive care

The cancer is widespread

Your performance status

What are the options?

KPS ≥60

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• Chemotherapy

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• Surgery for large tumors causing symptoms

KPS ≤59

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• Best supportive care