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Multiple surgeries can be considered for Glioblastoma

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Multiple surgeries may extend the lives of patients with the most deadly form of brain cancer.

The average survival after a diagnosis of glioblastoma brain cancer is only 14 months and recurrence is almost a certainty.

Many doctors are hesitant to operate multiple times because the prognosis is poor and they fear it will cause new neurological problems.

But Johns Hopkins researchers found patients who underwent three to four surgeries lived 16 to 20 months longer than those who had a one-time operation.

They say patients and their doctors should work together to determine the potential risks versus benefits of multiple surgeries.

Study led by researchers at John Hopkins and published in 'Journal of Neurosurgery'

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