Editorial: Surgery for glioblastoma multiforme

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Malignant astrocytomas are the most common primary brain tumors, accounting for 80% of all gliomas in adults. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) comprises about 51% of these.3 The incidence of GBM peaks between the 7th and 9th decades of life, making it more common in the elderly (individuals 65 years of age or older), and the incidence of GBM in this age group—the fastest growing demographic in the US—appears to be increasing.7,8

Unfortunately, despite the increasing relevance of GBM in elderly patients, there has been little focus on optimization of treatment in this patient population. Several studies

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Please include this information when citing this paper: published online October 1, 2010; DOI: 10.3171/2010.8.JNS101143.

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