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what is the frequency of brain cancer, is it heredity or genetic?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
It is neither: Common, nor hereditary. There seems to be damage to genes, as in most cancers, and some forecast response to therapy (loss of chromosome 1). The dread glioblastoma, the far end of the histologic spectrum, has had very little progress therapeutically. Despite its local resistance, chemo approachs encourage many, but surgery and radiotherapy seem stalled.
Answered on May 2, 2013

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