How and where can brain tumour be treated?
Q: This is regarding my relative who is a 25 years old lady. She had a brain tumour surgery at Apollo, Chennai, and the tumour was identified as a High Grade Glioma. The pathology report says it is consistent with Glioplastoma multiforme - right frontal & thalamic SOL. Please let us know if CMC, Vellore is better than Apollo for radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Can you please suggest a good hospital for the treatment/cure? Please let me know the exact information regarding the complete problem.
A:Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and most malignant of brain tumours. There has been no significant advancement in the treatment over the last two decades and current therapies remain palliative. Without therapy, patients uniformly die within 3 months while patients treated with optimal therapy (including surgical resection, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy) have a median survival of approximately 1 year. Most major hospitals have an oncology department and there would not be much to choose between them except for the cost factor. Treatment would be cheaper in a government hospital.