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Association between patient-reported cognitive function and location of glioblastoma


Objective cognitive function in patients with glioblastoma may depend on tumor location. Less is known about the potential impact of tumor location on cognitive function from the patients’ perspective. This study aimed to investigate the association between patient-reported cognitive function and the location of glioblastoma using voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping. Patient-reported cognitive function was assessed with the European Organisation for Research and Treatment (EORTC) QLQ-C30 cognitive function subscale preoperatively and 1 month postoperatively. Semi-automatic tumor segmentations from preoperative MRI images with the corresponding EORTC QLQ-C30 cognitive function score were registered to a standardized brain template. Student’s pooled-variance t-test was used to compare mean patient-reported cognitive function scores between those with and without tumors in each voxel. Both preoperative brain maps (n = 162) and postoperative maps of changes (n = 99) were developed. Glioblastomas around the superior part of the left lateral ventricle, the left lateral part of the thalamus, the left caudate nucleus, and a portion of the left internal capsule were significantly associated with reduced preoperative patient-reported cognitive function. However, no voxels were significantly associated with postoperative change in patient-reported cognitive function assessed 1 month postoperatively. There seems to be an anatomical relation between tumor location and patient-reported cognitive function before surgery, with the left hemisphere being the dominant from the patients’ perspective.


Academic article





  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital
  • SINTEF Digital / Health Research



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Neurosurgical review





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