Management of low-grade glioma

Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2010 May;10(3):224-31. doi: 10.1007/s11910-010-0105-7.


The optimal management of patients with low-grade glioma (LGG) is controversial. The controversy largely stems from the lack of well-designed clinical trials with adequate follow-up to account for the relatively long progression-free survival and overall survival of patients with LGG. Nonetheless, the literature increasingly suggests that expectant management is no longer optimal. Rather, there is mounting evidence supporting active management including consideration of surgical resection, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, molecular and histopathologic characterization, and use of modern imaging techniques for monitoring and prognostication. In particular, there is growing evidence favoring extensive surgical resection and increasing interest in the role of chemotherapy (especially temozolomide) in the management of these tumors. In this review, we critically analyze emerging trends in the literature with respect to management of LGG, with particular emphasis on reports published during the past year.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Brain Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Brain Neoplasms / genetics
  • Brain Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Glioma / diagnosis*
  • Glioma / epidemiology
  • Glioma / genetics
  • Glioma / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Prognosis
  • Radiotherapy, Adjuvant