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Prognosis metastatic brain cancer

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Other mets: Once a tumor has metastasized to the brain, the same tumor usually has spread to other organs as well. A few tumors, e.g., choriocarcinoma may still ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Strasser
20 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Sure: Metastatic disease is tumor spread from another site (ie lung, breast, colon). This is an incurable setting and most patients die from this within 6 m ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
57 years experience in Pathology
See below: Both irradiation and an operation to take out single metastasis will prologn the life for mohts to a year not only that the life will be better.
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Dr. Gregg Goldin
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Yes: An MRI brain with and without contrast is the ideal study. Basically the tumors will be detailed better when contrast is used. If there is a contrain ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Not the best test: CSF examination may contain malignant cells in the presence of metastatic cancer, but normal CSF does not rule out metastases to the brain. Imaging st ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: By definition, no cancer is benign.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
It depends: There are many types of brain tumors. Some grow very slowly over many years, and some grow very, very rapidly. It really depends upon the type of brai ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience in Neurosurgery
No: Primary brain cancer- brain cancer that starts in the brain such as astrocytomas are not rare. They are diagnosed about 17, 000 times each year. The ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience in Medical Oncology
Lots to know.: This is hard to answer. Some brain cancers can be completely cured; some can't. Some can be small but in bad locations that cause a lot of disability. ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
17 years experience in Neurosurgery
No: The natural history (or untreated course) of brain tumors have been well characterized. While low-grade tumors can be kept at bay for some time, all t ... Read More
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