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After ressection on a milagnant grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma is temodar (temozolomide) and radiation the best treatment option? If not what else is available?

After ressection on a milagnant grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma is temodar (temozolomide) and radiation the best treatment option? If not what else is available?

Yes : The standard of care is radiation and temador after resection. Since this is an aggressive cancer the alternatives are research trials. But it's been decades and very slow progress has been made. When further recurrence occurs more surgery plus radioactive implants or radiosurgery may be tried but has shown little benefit. ...Read more

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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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Starting temodar (temozolomide) prescription for treatment of anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. What are strange side effects?

Starting temodar (temozolomide) prescription for treatment of anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. What are strange side effects?

Not strange: Temodar, (temozolomide) like other chemotherapy agents, may cause nausea and vomiting, may cause a general sense of "malaise", and will have a risk of lowering your white blood cell counts and making you more susceptible to certain infections. It is generally well-tolerated however, more so than most other agents used for astrocytomas. There are no "strange" side-effects that i know of. Talk to your doctors. ...Read more

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Husband had surgery to remove anaplastic astrocytoma in oct. Finishes radiation therapy next week. Just started getting cold sweats. Is this normal?

Husband had surgery to remove anaplastic astrocytoma in oct. Finishes radiation therapy next week. Just started getting cold sweats. Is this normal?

Possible/ talk to MD: Taking steroids? Usually patients are on some dose of steroids this far along the treatments. The blood sugar levels can get ultered while on steroids. Monitor that and if it is ok, want to make sure there is no infections etc. If all is well, taking good dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) before bedtime usually helps. ...Read more

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Operated for Astrocytoma Grade 3 left frontal brain tumor.Will go for radio nd chemo therapy in a few days.Which precautions/alternative can be taken?

Operated for Astrocytoma Grade 3 left frontal brain tumor.Will go for radio nd chemo therapy in a few days.Which precautions/alternative can be taken?

Define your terms: Not clear what you mean by "precautions" or "alternatives." Precautions re XRT and chemo or for something else? The "alternative" to treatment is to do nothing; or to resort to traditional Indian medicine, which is the same as doing nothing, & don't let any well-meaning but ignorant laypeople or charlatans tell you different; unless all you're interested in is feeling better about dying. ...Read more

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Will astrocytoma kill me if I don't get treatment?

Get treatment: Astrocytomas are intrinsic tumors of the nervous system. There are several grades astrocytoma, ranging from benign, slow-growing tumors to more "malignant" behaving, fast-growing tumors. The grade of the tumor will determine its behavior and the treatment that is required. High grade tumors left untreated can cause death. Treatment is recommended for most astrocytomas. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for orchitis?

What alternative treatments exist for orchitis?

Orchitis: This is usually a significant infection requiring antibiotics. Failure to treat can result in testicular abscess or loss of the testis. Be sure of the diagnosis and see a physician. ...Read more

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What are the possible alternative treatments for dystonia?

What are the possible alternative treatments for dystonia?

Dystonia: Stopping the medication that is causing the dystonia, if it is is sevesre IV Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps. ...Read more

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Could I have success with alternative treatments for alzhiemers?

Could I have success with alternative treatments for alzhiemers?

Possibly: AD is an incurable degenerative disease of the brain. There have been some studies using medium chain triglycerides to 'feed' the brain(Axona). Recently a study supported the use of hi dose Vit E. Other supplements include Vinpocetine and phosphatidyl serine. Be careful even with supplements and 'natural' products- they maybe unsafe or have interactions with other products or medications. ...Read more

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Cataracts, what are some alternative treatments?

Cataracts, what are some alternative treatments?

None really: Nothing other than surgery has proven to be effective for cataracts. Surgery is so highly successfuly that there is nothing to be worried about. Alternative supplements, maneuvers and medications are of no benefit. ...Read more

Anaplastic (Definition)

This largely relates to cancer cells and is a description of how variant the structure and division pattern is from normal cells. An anaplastic cells has weird internal componens, sometimes extra nuclei, and a bizarre pattern of division. They are usually more rapidly dividing and are a serious type of abnormality ...Read more


Dr. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Definition)

Glioma is a type of cancer where there is the uncontrolled growth of the glial cells in the brain or spinal cord. This initially can cause headache, vision problems, seizures, nausea, and vomiting. ...Read more