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Clinical Practice Guideline Series Update: Care of the Adult Patient With a Brain Tumor

Blissitt, Patricia A.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: December 2014 - Volume 46 - Issue 6 - p 367–368
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000088
Clinical Practice Guidelines

ABSTRACT: An estimated 66,240 people in the United States are currently living with brain tumors. Most of these individuals are adults. The purpose of this first edition American Association of Neuroscience Nurses’ Clinical Practice Guideline is to summarize what is currently known about brain tumors in adults and to provide the reader with nursing-specific recommendations based on supporting evidence from nursing and other disciplines. Care of the Adult Patient With a Brain Tumor includes information on epidemiology, classification of brain tumors, pathophysiology, clinical features, diagnostic tests, surgical management, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, symptom management, psychosocial and educational needs of the patient and family, and survivorship and end-of-life care.

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Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Patricia A. Blissitt, RN PhD CCRN CNRN CCNS CCM ACNS-BC at She is the Immediate Past Editor of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Clinical Practice Guideline Series.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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