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February 1969

Glioblastoma Multiforme: Its Treatment and Some Factors Effecting Survival

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School and the Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Arch Neurol. 1969;20(2):161-171. doi:10.1001/archneur.1969.00480080061007

AS WE have reviewed our cases of glioblastoma multiforme of the cerebral hemispheres, it has become obvious that some of our patients live longer and in much better condition than had been anticipated. Some of these patients have lived much longer, ie, six, seven, eight or more years, and have lived active useful lives. Some are, of course, still alive. Whether they have been cured of their brain tumor cannot yet be said; but it does seem that, if we can determine why these particular patients did better than others and better than was expected, it might be possible to obtain superior results in more cases.

We have studied a number of factors that we thought were related to the long survival of these patients with glioblastoma multiforme. We have included such variables as the gross structure, the location, and the histology of the tumors. Also, the correlation between young