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Doctor insights on: Adult Low Grade Infiltrative Supratentorial Astrocytoma Oligodendroglioma

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Low grade glioma possibly Oligodendroglioma, surgery or wait and see best option?

Low grade glioma possibly Oligodendroglioma,  surgery or wait and see best option?

Need more info: Treatment of this neoplasm depends on the type and site of the tumor and your general health status. I would suggest that you consult with at least two neurosurgeons at a large medical institution to get their opinions. You need expert opinions in order to do followup ...Read more

Dr. Shon Cook
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Astrocytoma (Definition)

Astrocytoma is a tumor that is arising from a specific cell type in the central nervous system (brain or spine) that is called astrocyte. These are the cells that support the actual nerve cells (neurons). It is a common type of nervous system tumor, which has different types, benign to malignant. Treatment is tailored according to this as well ...Read more


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My 8 yr old nephew has been diagnosed with a low grade astrocytoma glioma. Will radiotherapy be considered as surgery is NT an option.? Prognosis.?

My area..: The above is correct. We use carbo/vincristine to delay things until about age 5-6, but it tends to slow down the tumors while kids' brains develop at those ages. After about 5-8 we use radiation if not resectable (resection is an option ...Not all of these cab be removed without a huge amount of resultant issues). For these, we use protons at my center to minimize normal brain exposure. ...Read more

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For how long a person who had low-grade diffuse astrocytoma (brain tumour) person live?

For how long a person who had low-grade diffuse astrocytoma (brain tumour) person live?

Brain tumor: Low grade astroctyomas can have a very variable course as far as growth. These are tumors that need to be monitored and if growth is suspected then therapies such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy might need to be given. You should be followed by both a neurosurgeon and a oncologist who specializes in tumors of the brain. ...Read more

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Why is pituitary adenoma infratentorial in adult tumors but craniopharyngioma is supratentorial in childhood?

Why is pituitary adenoma infratentorial in adult tumors but craniopharyngioma is supratentorial in childhood?

Sella Turcica: The tentorium cerebelli separates the cerebellum from the cerebrum. Supratentorial means ABOVE the tentorium and Infratentorial means BELOW. The pituitary gland sits in a special area called the hypophyseal fossa or sella turcia which is technically neither. Craniopharyngioma and pituitary adenoma grow SUPRATENTORIALLY in almost all cases, but rarely invade the clivus into the posterior fossa. ...Read more

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If my family has a history of astrocytomas. What can I do to help prevent it happening?

Unable to advise: Since the cause of astrocytoma is not known it is not feasible to advice about prevention. See this site for info. http://www.abta.org/understanding-brain-tumors/types-of-tumors/astrocytoma.html. ...Read more

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A friend of mine has astrocytoma. Looked it up, but it still doesn't make sense. What is astrocytoma? Is it fatal?

Depends: The grade and degree of removal is key in order to determine the prognosis of any astrocytoma. As a central nervous system tumor, it is a very serious condition that needs to be evaluated and treated by specialists in surgery, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology. ...Read more

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Is observation of a 2 CM astrocytoma a good idea?

Astrocytoma: A 2cm astrocytoma is a small lesion and if the MR findings are also benign looking then followup observations with MR is the treatment of choice. If there are signs of growth then one has to re-assess the treatment ...Read more

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How could a ganglioglioma turn into a pilocytic astrocytoma?

Gangiloglioma: These are two different types of tumors and one does not usually progress to the other. To find this type of situation would likely be to difficulty in making the original pathology diagnosis by histology ...Read more

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Please help! what is the etiology of cerebellar astrocytoma?

Brain tumors: Cerebellar astrocytomas are a tumor of mostly childhood. Despite extensive research to date no known etiology or source of this tumor has been reliably identified ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma?

What is the survival rate of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma?

3 years: The median survival for patients with a diagnosis of an anaplastic astrocytoma is 2.8 years (reference: journal of neurosurgery. 2007 apr;106(4):575-81.). The most important factor in determining the survival time period is the extent to which the tumor is removed surgically. ...Read more

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In what way can a ganglioglioma turn into a pilocytic astrocytoma?

Astrocytoma: These are two different tumor types and one does not turn into the other. That would be extremely rare. ...Read more

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What are the chances of recovery for a patient affected by astrocytoma grade iii.?

Astrocytoma: It depends. Ask your oncologist. Get asap if you don't have one. Sometimes they respond to new chemotherpay agents. Some are resectable, some respond to radiation. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the long term prognosis of an astrocytoma of the spinal cord?

Could you tell me what is the long term prognosis of an astrocytoma of the spinal cord?

Not curable: Well-differentiated / low grade ones can sometimes have prolonged survival but with disability depending on location. These are also uncommon enough that each case should be reviewed by an interdisciplnary team. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the chances of recovery for a patient affected by astrocytoma grade iii?

Depends on location: If your question is whether the patient may recover from the symptoms of the the tumor, it depends on the size, the location, the extent of surgery and the response to chemotherapy/radiation therapy. If your question is whether the person will ever be cured of the tumor, that is unlikely. You can hope for long term remission(5-10 years)and the possibility of new therapies that are on the horizon. ...Read more

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Does the word enhancement or enhancing translate to cancerous in context with a pilocytic astrocytoma?

Does the word enhancement or enhancing translate to cancerous in context with a pilocytic astrocytoma?

Appearance with dye: This means the tumor "lights up" after the IV dye is given in the MRI scan. Most pilocytic astrocytomas due this. The tumor will look grey on an MRI scan before the contrast dye is given and then will look white (or bright) in images taken after the dye is given. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an aunt, 30 yrs old, who is suffering from astrocytoma cancer. What should she do?

What to do if I have an aunt, 30 yrs old, who is suffering from astrocytoma cancer. What should she do?

Tell her wishes: The one thing that she must do is make clear to those who care for her what she wants in case she cannot speak for herself. These cancers may be very slow-growing but they are seldom curable and are likely to cause death eventually. ...Read more

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What is the risk of developing cavernoma during life time if you have DVA diagnosed on MRI? (I'm 30 and I have discrete supratentorial DVA)

What is the risk of developing cavernoma during life time if you have DVA diagnosed on MRI? (I'm 30 and I have discrete supratentorial DVA)

Congenital: Developmental Venous Anomalies are congenital, benign lesions. They are typically discovered incidentally, with a relative high prevalence in the general population. See http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/nervous_system_disorders/developmental_venous_anomalies_134,73/ ...Read more

Dr. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Definition)

A tumor or neoplasm of the glial, non nerve ...Read more