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

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

Not strange: Temodar, 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

Dr. Douglas Miller
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

A brain tumor is a disease in which a group of abnormal cells grow in the brain. The brain tumor may have either started in the brain or it may have moved there from a different site of the body (metastasized). There are many different types of brain tumors, and different tumors affect individuals of different age groups. Symptoms vary depending on the size and ...Read more


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I have a brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma. What do you do after surgery?

I have a brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma. What do you do after surgery?

Chemo and radiation: Surgery for anaplastic astrocytoma is usually followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This should be discussed in detail with your neurosurgeon and oncologist. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma gr 3 reaccuring in a child if the tumor was removed?

What are the chances of a brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma gr 3  reaccuring in a child  if the tumor was removed?

High: Unfortunately pediatric anaplastic astrocytoma (grade 3 glioma) has high recurrence rates. Degree of resection does impact prognosis. However, those with grade 3 astrocytoma tend to have pfs(progression free survival) of 40 to 50% even with adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about brain tumor called an anaplastic astrocytoma?

Can you tell me about brain tumor called an anaplastic astrocytoma?

Astrocytoma: Anaplastic astrocytoma is a rare malignant brain tumor. Astrocytomas are tumors that develop from certain star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes. Grades i or ii astrocytomas are nonmalignant and may be referred to as low-grade. Grades iii and IV astrocytomas are malignant and may be referred to as high-grade astrocytomas. ...Read more

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I have brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma, what to do after surgery, what to do?

I have brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma, what to do after surgery, what to do?

Chemoradiation: I would recommend proceeding with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. These tumors have a high likelihood of recurring. Chemoradiation gives the best chance to minimize that risk. Despite stories of how bad chemotherapy and radiation can be, these are 'life saving medicines' and 'healing beams.' I would recommend giving yourself the best chances you can. ...Read more

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What are the odds of surviving a astrocytoma brain tumor ?

Depends on the grade: People have the best prognosis with pilocytic astrocytomas and low grade astrocytomas. Higher grade tumors such as an aplastic astrocytomas and glioblastoma multiforme have much lower long term survival rates. ...Read more

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Brain tumor, what is the difference between a regular brain tumor and an astrocytoma?

The differential is: Between primary glial tumors and extra-cns metastasis. There are also meningioma, pituitary and pineal tunors that are extra-glial. But none are regular. Glial tumors are graded from low to hi grade with survival decreasing as grade rise from i-iv. ...Read more

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What is an over expression of p53 brain tumor pathology? Is this good or bad? Grade2 astrocytoma 31 y/o male

What is an over expression of p53 brain tumor pathology? Is this good or bad? Grade2 astrocytoma 31 y/o male

Not clearly bad: Many low grade astrocytomas (grade ii) have p53 gene mutations which lead to overexpression of the protein (more precisely the protein is more stable than normal and isn't degraded. There is no completely clear evidence of a higher risk of progression to high grade, or of other bad outcomes, from the p53 gene status or protein levels. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any effective way to treat brain tumor-junior pilocytic astrocytoma?

Yes: Most pilocytic astrocytomas occur in the cerebellum and the best treatment is neurosurgical removal, which is usually curative. Other locations also deserve surgery but total removal may be less feasible, for example in the optic chiasm and hypothalamus. In such cases some relatively well-tolerated chemotherapy may be helpful. Get several opinions from neuro-oncologists and neurosurgeons. ...Read more

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If i quit my job to due the fact that I have been diagnosed with an astrocytoma brain tumor. Do i qualify for any benefits?

If i quit my job to due the fact that I have been diagnosed with an astrocytoma brain tumor. Do i qualify for any benefits?

Depends: A lot would depend on the effects that you are suffering from the brain tumor and/or the treatments. If there are disabilities such as headaches, seizures, problems with thinking, problems with motor function there are disability benefits. Also, if this is a malignant form or if it is considered cancer, there certainly are health benefits such as qualifying for medicare or medicaid. ...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


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