Primary cns Lymphoma: Analysis of Treatment by Gamma- Knife Radiosurgery and Chemotherapy in a Prospective, Observational StudyAndres Mauricio Alvarez*, Jose E Valerio, Sammie Coy, Alan A Stein BS and Aizik Wolf
Department of Neurological Surgery, Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin, 6129 SW 70th St, South Miami, FL 33143, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Andres Mauricio Alvarez
Department of Neurological Surgery
Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin
6129 SW 70th St, South Miami
FL 33143, USA
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Received date: October 13, 2015; Accepted date: November 08, 2015; Published date: November 17, 2015
Citation: Alvarez AM, Valerio JE, Coy S, Alan A Stein BS, Wolf A (2015) Primary cns Lymphoma: Analysis of Treatment by Gamma- Knife Radiosurgery and Chemotherapy in a Prospective, Observational Study. J Integr Oncol 4:150. doi:10.4172/2329-6771.1000150
Copyright: © 2015 Alvarez AM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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