Net Guides: Central Nervous System

Published: Thursday, Mar 10, 2011

PathologyOutlines: Central Nervous System-tumor is a Website featuring an online textbook of surgical and clinical pathology that is regularly reviewed and revised. This chapter of the textbook focuses on cysts and tumors of the central nervous system (CNS). It begins with the various types of cysts. For each type, there are usually descriptions of the cyst location, unique traits, microscopic characteristics, gross size, and treatment. The entries for each type also generally include radiologic images, images of the gross mass, microscopic images, and occasionally case reports.  If applicable, there are details on the positive and negative stains of the cyst, and differential diagnoses information. The tumor section of the chapter includes the same types of information for each type and grade of tumor, with the addition of cytology information for most tumors. This section also reports general information and statistics on tumors of the CNS as well as factors to consider when approaching diagnosis, World Health Organization (WHO) classification of CNS tumors, and WHO grading of astrocytomas.


American Brain Tumor Association

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) provides funds to researchers, and support and information to patients with brain tumors and their families. The ABTA Website features a tumor and treatment section with information on a number of different brain tumor topics. This section includes descriptions of various tumor types, including glioblastomas, oligodendrogliomas, oligoastrocytomas, gliomas, meningiomas, and pituitary tumors. Other topics in this section include metastatic brain tumors, cysts, childhood brain tumors, symptoms, treatment, seizures, diagnosis, parts of the brain, living with a brain tumor, facts and statistics, causes and risk factors, and more. ABTA offers supportive resources, including pen pal programs, a Facebook page, survivor stories, and information on scholarships, health insurance, and financial assistance. The care and support section also has information on working with a brain tumor, reaching out for support, neuropsychology, therapeutic recreation, and other topics.


Current and emerging treatment modalities for patients with glioblastoma

Credits: 1.25

Fee: None

Expires: April 7, 2011

The goal of this CME activity is to educate healthcare professionals involved in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain tumors on current treatment strategies for newly diagnosed or recurrent glioblastoma. Topics discussed in the activity include current approaches and unmet clinical needs in the management of these patients, treatment modalities, and the latest data on new treatment approaches and therapies in this setting. This CME includes a “test-and-teach case” approach, an activity that uses case studies with quizzes to test participants’ knowledge before providing them with the correct answer and supporting evidence.


Trends in survival after surgery for breast cancer metastatic to the brain and spinal column in Medicare patients: a population-based analysis

Journal: Neurosurgery

Authors: Cahill KS, Chi JH, Day AL, Claus EB

Purpose: Metastases to the CNS are common in patients with breast cancer and are observed in as many as 30% of these patients at autopsy. The purpose of this study was to determine population-based survival times after surgical treatment for Medicare patients with breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain and spinal column. The study used the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)–Medicare database to identify female patients with metastatic breast cancer to the CNS who were undergoing neurosurgical treatment. The study also used Kaplan-Meier estimation and a Cox proportional hazards model to calculate estimates of survival.

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