Clinical neuro-oncology for the neurologist

Neurol Clin Pract. 2020 Oct;10(5):458-465. doi: 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000765.


Purpose of review: Neuro-oncologic patients are routinely encountered in clinical practice. Neuro-oncology is a rapidly evolving field, so understanding the most classic paradigms and contemporary advances will optimize patient care.

Recent findings: We discuss the recent reclassification of tumors via molecular characteristics as it applies to direct clinical practice and review the contemporary standard of care for infiltrating gliomas, meningiomas, brain metastases, and CNS lymphoma.

Summary: We provide a straightforward primer on neuro-oncology with a focus on the brain tumors most commonly encountered by the adult neurologist and a clear emphasis on clinically relevant points including those which have recently become incorporated into our standard management. We cite key reviews to allow interested readers an opportunity to gain a more comprehensive understanding of specific topics.

Publication types

  • Review