Research supported by the American Brain Tumor Association informs brain tumor patient care, encourages the development of more meaningful treatments, and explores ways of improving the quality of life of brain tumor patients and their families.
The field of Quality of Life research is an important area of neuro-oncology as survivorship is increasing and new therapies are helping patients to live longer. The concept of Quality of Life refers to people’s well-being, including their management of side effects, physical ability, emotional well-being and overall satisfaction with life.
Studies on Quality of Life can help form better standards of care for patients, as well as for caregivers. While it often takes years for new research findings to be incorporated into clinical treatment standards, Quality of Life research conducted by ABTA-funded researchers is already having a positive impact on those touched by a brain tumor diagnosis.