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My mom has brain cancer, more specifically a high grade glioma. she is receiving radiation/chemo. what happens to the dead cancer cells?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Removed by glia: In most other tissues, dead cells are removed by macrophages and neutrophils through phagocytosis and release of enzymes. In the brain the same role is played by microglial cells. The dead cells are broken down by microglia and their constituents released into circulation for reuse by the body.
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Interesting question: Sorry for your mom, in normal tissues like muscle , liver etc non viable tissue ( cells) rapidly localised by inflamatory process, scavengers cells the phagocytes arrive, engoulf the remanents dispose, some of the material difuses and disappers, firbous tissue scar forms. In brain similar process takes very much longer , that is the reason some of the collection need to be evacuated by surgery.

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