Treatment planning for Senator Edward Kennedy
We all are in rapt attention to the surgery and treatment planning for Senator Edward Kennedy’s glioblastoma. In neurorehabilitation we look at brain function and know that the treatment for brain cancers leave individuals with deficits. Yesterday, the Senator underwent an awake craniotomy, a procedure designed to spare damage to areas of the brain responsible for speech which were close to the Senator’s tumor site. A neuropsychologist assisted during the procedure by asking questions of the Senator while the neurosurgeons probed the areas surrounding the tumor. At the American Society for Clinical Oncology meeting, Mark R. Gilbert, M.D. of the M.D. Anderson Center in Houston hosted a meeting with members of the press who were covering the ASCO meeting. Dr. Gilbert’s response to the questions asked provide some excellent information about the treatment of glioblastoma.