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BrainWaves #75 Glioblastoma

MedLink Neurology
Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: August 3, 2017

The most common primary brain tumor that occurs in adults, glioblastoma multiforme, comes with a life expectancy shorter than practically every other form of cancer. But thanks to novel treatment strategies, advanced neuroimaging, and biomarker research, we are learning more and more about how to improve the survival and the quality of life of patients who suffer from this terrible illness.

Produced by James E Siegler and Neena Cherayil. Music by Axle, Coldnoise, Josh Woodward, and Kelly Latimer. Voiceover by Erika Mejia. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making.


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