A membership group dedicated to neurosurgery, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) recently updated its guidelines for treating adults with metastatic brain tumors, which were originally published in 2010. Reviewed and endorsed by CNS and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the guidelines, titled “Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Treatment of Adults with Metastatic Brain Tumors,” feature 24 clinical questions related to treatment and 43 recommendations.
The guidelines seek to address several unknowns in the treatment of metastatic brain tumors, including a lack of consensus as to the best treatment options. They use evidence-based data for managing metastatic brain tumors to provide guidance in such areas as whole brain radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and chemotherapy. The work includes insights into the latest advancements in targeted and molecular therapies. Additionally, the update confirms many recommendations first outlined in the original 2010 guidelines.