The Study of Non Oncological Factors Impacting Brain Tumor Patient Survival
Much of oncology is based on molecular classifications of disease which have marked influence on cell proliferation and responses to oncological therapies. Brain tumors however do not only pose an oncological challenge but also neurological challenges due to their ability to infiltrative into functional regions. Neurological consequences of this disease impacts how patients are able to complete cancer treatments and interact with the healthcare system. Neurological and functional limitations are not the only factors impacting survival, as there are numerous other social determinants of health affecting our patients. Our laboratory has set out to understand how functional limitations and socioeconomic status impacts treatment and outcome.
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