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My wife was diagnosed with brain stem glioma, she's having radio therapy for 20days now still can't move the right arm and leg. Can't walk ?

My wife was diagnosed  with brain stem glioma, she's having radio therapy for 20days now still can't move the right arm and leg. Can't walk ?

Brain stem infarct: Glioma in the brain stem can cause compression, producing focal neurological and motor deficit in the ipsilateral vs. contralateral side, depending on the level above versus below the the pyramidal decussation in the medulla of the brain stem. Stereotactic radiotherapy or gamma knife can produce radiation necrosis of the neuron causing brain stem infarction in some cases ...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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Is a glioblastoma multiforme the same thing as a brain stem glioma?

Is a glioblastoma multiforme the same thing as a brain stem glioma?

No GBM: Describes the cellualar and histologic characteristic; the "brain stem" describes a location. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of patients with brain stem gliomas?

What is the survival rate of patients with brain stem gliomas?

Poor survival rate: Brainstem gliomas are primary brain tumors that arise from the glial tissue and are usually astrocytomas (grades 1-4). Diagnosis is by mri. Rarely are these biopsied or operated upon because of their critical location in the brainstem. For the highest grade, survival is on the order of months. The lower grade may survive a couple of years. Radiation and chemotherapy do play a role in treatment. ...Read more

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How long do most people survive brain stem glioma, before it kills them?

How long do most people survive brain stem glioma, before it kills them?

Variable: 'brainstem glioma' as a term covers a variety of very different tumors. The classic pediatric 'brainstem glioma' is a diffuse infiltrating high grade tumor of the pons, and it is usually fatal in less than two years from diagnosis. Some children and some adults have focal brainstem tumors, more commonly of the midbrain or medulla, and these may be surgically removable and have a long survival. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosis with a low grade, slow growing, brain stem glioma. About 3 weeks ago my left ear starting cracking and now my jaw hurts. Is it growing?

I've been diagnosis with a low grade, slow growing, brain stem glioma. About 3 weeks ago my left ear starting cracking and now my jaw hurts. Is it growing?

Impossible to tell : You will have to undergo a repeat MRI to tell, in general your symptoms do not fit with a enlarging brain tumor but i would discuss this with your treating physician who will then determine the need for a scan. ...Read more

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Could you who had a benign brain stem pilocytic astrocytoma 100% removed in his teens have a full life, not shortened?

Astrocytoma: Pilocystic astrocytoma totally resected with a normal postoperative MR showing no residual tumor can have an excellent if not normal life expectancy. There are rare reported re-occurrence but this is rare. ...Read more

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Where I can get best treatment in India for brain tumor (suspecting high grade glioma) ?

Sorry, no idea BUT-: I can give you a website that you can look at which is also telemedicine like this one but it is actually based out of India so most of the participating docs are from India. They will know for sure where the good hangouts are for getting something like that taken care of.....www.healthcaremagic.com ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for brain cancer?

Are there any alternative treatments for brain cancer?

Not really: Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are the mainstays of treatment for brain cancer. These have the longest track record of success. There are clinical trials that are investigating the role of vaccines for brain cancers. There are also many trials investigating more targeted agents than "standard" chemotherapy. I am unaware of any nontraditional treatments that are as effective. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatments for a glioblastoma brain tumor?

What are some alternative treatments for a glioblastoma brain tumor?

Combination: I would never suggest fighting any tumor alone with alternative therapies but as combination therapy with conventional medicine; i would definitely add large quantities of food enzymes on an empty stomach with solid organic nutrition and i would add protandim to eliminate oxidative stress. Tag me in email thru my website and check protandim www.Medacpc.Com. ...Read more

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Could you advise what alternative treatments are there for a grade 4 glioblastoma brain tumor ?

Many but not good: There are many proposed so called alternative treatments for brain tumors and not one has been shown to help a patient in any convincing fashion. If you have a brain tumor you absolutely should work with a physician(s) experienced in the treatment of these tumors. Furthermore, although some alternative treatments are harmless, some are not--and their use should also be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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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


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more