Radiotherapy and chemotherapy give same quality of life

Brain tumour patients that have been treated with radiation have as good quality of life as patients that have undergone chemotherapy. This is revealed in an international study published in The Lancet Oncology. “Before this study, we thought that chemotherapy meant fewer serious cognitive side-effects than radiotherapy, and that patients treated with chemotherapy would have a higher quality of life than those treated with radiation. We thought radiation dealt a harder blow to the brain’s cognivite functions compared to chemotherapy. But the results show that the cognitive ability and quality of life didn’t differ between the two groups. This was a very unexpected outcome”, says Anja Smits, Professor of Neurology at Uppsala University.
Medical Express