Preoperative nonmedical predictors of functional impairment after brain tumor surgery

Support Care Cancer. 2022 Apr;30(4):3441-3450. doi: 10.1007/s00520-021-06732-6. Epub 2022 Jan 9.


Purpose: To identify the preoperative nonmedical predictors of functional impairment after brain tumor surgery.

Methods: Patients were evaluated before brain tumor surgery and after 3 months. The cognitive evaluation included MOCA for the general cognitive status, TMT for attention and executive functions, ROWL-IR and ROWL-DR for memory, and the F-A-S for verbal fluency. Anxiety, depression, social support, resilience, personality, disability, and quality of life were evaluated with the following patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs): HADS, OSS-3, RS-14, TIPI, WHODAS-12, and EORTC-QLQ C30. Functional status was measured with KPS. Regression analyses were performed to identify preoperative nonmedical predictors of functional impairment; PROMs and cognitive tests were compared with the normative values.

Results: A total of 149 patients were enrolled (64 glioma; 85 meningioma). Increasing age, lower education, higher disability, and lower ROWL-DR scores were predictors of functional impairment in glioma patients while higher TMT scores and disability were predictors in meningioma patients. In multiple regression, only a worse performance in TMT remains a predictor in meningioma patients. Cognitive tests were not significantly worse than normative values, while psychosocial functioning was impaired.

Conclusion: TMT could be used in the preoperative evaluation and as a potential predictor in the research field on outcome predictors. Psychosocial functioning should be studied further and considered in a clinical context to identify who need major support and to plan tailored interventions.

Keywords: Brain tumor; Cognitive function; Craniotomy; Outcome; Prediction; Psychosocial functioning.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety
  • Brain Neoplasms* / psychology
  • Brain Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Glioma* / psychology
  • Glioma* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Quality of Life