Clinical Practice Guidelines

In partnership with the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), the ABTA created nursing clinical practice guidelines for treating adults and children diagnosed with brain tumors. These guidelines give healthcare professionals the tools they need to deliver the best possible patient care.

Care of the Adult Patient

The goal of the clinical practice guidelines is to help nurses provide consistent and evidence-based care for adult brain tumor patients and their families, from diagnosis throughout the trajectory of the illness. Topics include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Emergent care
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatments, including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy
  • Symptom management
  • End-of-life care

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Care of the Pediatric Patient

Clinical practice guidelines help nurses provide consistent and evidence-based care for pediatric brain tumor patients and their families. Topics include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Emergent care
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatments, including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy
  • Symptom management
  • End-of-life care

Download the PDF

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Mindee Plugues

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Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten

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Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.