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November 2022, Volume 72, Issue 11



We are pleased to share this special supplement on the Pakistan Brain Tumour Epidemiology Study (PBTES) with our readers. A total of 16 articles were accepted for publication, ranging from overarching analyses of neuro-oncology epidemiology, practices, and outcomes to the way forward in improving brain tumour patient outcomes.


As the editorial board, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Pakistan Brain Tumour Consortium members, whose contributions in laying the foundations of this national study have been instrumental. We are grateful for the privilege of benefiting from every centre’s experiences and hope to lay the foundation for


Pakistan Brain Tumour Epidemiology Study (PBTES): Uncovering the Hidden Burden of Brain Tumours in the Country

Syed Ather Enam  , Sameen Siddiqi  , Mohammad Hamza Bajwa  , Mashal Murad Shah  , Muhammad Usman Khalid

Epidemiological studies have significantly helped determine the burden, types, and geographical distribution of brain tumours in HICs (high-income countries). However, brain tumour data from low-and-middle-income countries is often sparse, focusing on a few centres1. The situation in Pakistan is no different. Few oncological registries exist in our region that focus on common tumours. Collecting data regarding brain tumours has been challenging, as evidenced by the underreported incidence of brain tumours by centers such as the Karachi Cancer Registry (KCR), Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) report, and

Research Articles

Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association has agreed to receive and publish manuscripts in accordance with the principles of the following committees: