Survey on current cognitive practices within the European Low-Grade Glioma Network

towards a European assessment protocol

Adrià Rofes*, Emmanuel Mandonnet, John Godden, Marie Hélène Baron, Henry Colle, Amelie Darlix, Vânia de Aguiar, Hugues Duffau, Guillaume Herbet, Martin Klein, Vincent Lubrano, Juan Martino, Ryan Mathew, Gabriele Miceli, Sylvie Moritz-Gasser, Johan Pallud, Costanza Papagno, Fabien Rech, Erik Robert, Geert Jan Rutten & 10 others Thomas Santarius, Djaina Satoer, Joanna Sierpowska, Anja Smits, Miran Skrap, Giannantonio Spena, Evy Visch, Elke De Witte, Maria Zetterling, Michel Wager

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background: The European Low-Grade Glioma network indicated a need to better understand common practices regarding the managing of diffuse low-grade gliomas. This area has experienced great advances in recent years. Method: A general survey on the managing of diffuse low-grade gliomas was answered by 21 centres in 11 European countries. Here we focused on specific questions regarding perioperative and intraoperative cognitive assessments. Results: More centres referred to the same speech and language therapist and/or neuropsychologist across all assessments; a core of assessment tools was routinely used across centres; fluency tasks were commonly used in the perioperative stages, and object naming during surgery; tasks that tapped on attention, executive functions, visuospatial awareness, calculation and emotions were sparsely administered; preoperative assessments were performed 1 month or 1 week before surgery; timing for postoperative assessments varied; finally, more centres recommended early rehabilitation, whenever needed. Conclusions: There is an emerging trend towards following similar practices for the management of low-grade gliomas in Europe. Our results are descriptive and formalise current discussions in our group. Also, they contribute towards the development of a European assessment protocol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1167-1178
Number of pages12
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Volume159
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • diffuse low-grade glioma
  • surgery
  • cognition
  • assessment
  • survey
  • protocol

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