Glioblastoma as an age-related neurological disorder in adults.
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BackgroundAdvanced age is a major risk factor for the development of many diseases including those affecting the central nervous system. Wild-type isocitrate dehydrogenase glioblastoma (IDHwt GBM) is the most common primary malignant brain cancer and accounts for ≥90% of all adult GBM diagnoses. Patients with IDHwt GBM have a median age of diagnosis at 68-70 years of age, and increasing age is associated with an increasingly worse prognosis for patients with this type of GBM.
MethodsThe Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results, The Cancer Genome Atlas, and the Chinese Glioma Genome Atlas databases were analyzed for mortality indices. Meta-analysis of 80 clinical trials was evaluated for log hazard ratio for aging to tumor survivorship.
ResultsDespite significant advances in the understanding of intratumoral genetic alterations, molecular characteristics of tumor microenvironments, and relationships between tumor molecular characteristics and the use of targeted therapeutics, life expectancy for older adults with GBM has yet to improve.
ConclusionsBased upon the results of our analysis, we propose that age-dependent factors that are yet to be fully elucidated, contribute to IDHwt GBM patient outcomes.
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Kim, Miri, Erik Ladomersky, Andreas Mozny, Masha Kocherginsky, Kaitlyn O'Shea, Zachary Z Reinstein, Lijie Zhai, April Bell, et al. (2021). Glioblastoma as an age-related neurological disorder in adults. Neuro-oncology advances, 3(1). p. vdab125. 10.1093/noajnl/vdab125 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/23941.
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