Prognostic Factors and Survival in Primary Malignant Astrocytomas of the Spinal Cord: A Population-Based Analysis From 1973 to 2007
Adams H et al. – Outcome for patients diagnosed with primary malignant astrocytomas of the spinal cord (PMASC) remains poor and presents an ongoing challenge for professionals in the field of neurospinal medicine and surgery. In the authors' analyses of anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), adult patients, males, and patients undergoing radical resections were associated with increased survival. However, incidence of these lesions is low; hence, building strong collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multi–institutional study groups is necessary to define the optimal treatment of PMASC.