The neuro-oncology




What is the Neuro-oncology concerned with?


The scope of application and study of the Neuro-oncology concerns, on the one hand, the primary tumors of the central and peripheral nervous system, but, on the other, is much broader and extends to all of the neurological complications in tumors of other organs: direct tumor invasion, metastasis, paraneoplastic syndromes, metabolic disorders and those vascular, infectious complications, side effects of diagnostic procedures and therapies, radiant, surgical and medical (support, chemotherapy, hormonal, immunological). To give an idea of the clinical-epidemiological importance of this branch we can report that approximately 45% of patients with solid tumors may require an evaluation for a neurological problem, in the course of his illness.

Over the past 20-30 years, therefore, the Neuro-oncology has evolved from niche interest, reserved to a few insiders, in a complete discipline both clinical and research, in which converge specialists from different areas (neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, oncologists, radiotherapists, algologists), with a typically multidisciplinary approach, although the point of reference must still remain the neuro-oncologist (neurologist, neurosurgeon), which has a complete view of the issue.

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