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Is every glioma malignant?

Is every glioma malignant?

No: Glioma is a broad term that refers to cancers in the brain. Many are malignant but some are benign. ...Read more

Malignant (Definition)

The term “malignant” is mainly used in the context of cancer, but can also be used to describe a condition that can be acutely damaging to the body, ...Read more


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How to know if a CT scan of cystic astrocytoma is malignant or not?

Malignant: All astrocytomas are malignant. Some are much more aggressive than others. ...Read more

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How can we know if a CT scan of cystic astrocytoma is malignant or not?

Seldom benign: Only a few types of astrocytoma behave in a benign way. The best known is the pilocytic astrocytoma, mostly a childrens' tumor. ...Read more

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What are the tests for glioma?

What are the tests for glioma?

MRI, biopsy: To diagnose glioma, you need an MRI with and without contrast, and a brain biopsy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of glioma?

Many: There may be many different symptoms of a glioma. It depends on what part of the brain it affects. Change in behavior, difficulty with speech, emotional changes, weakness in a limb, visual problems, are only some of the symptoms that may occur. ...Read more

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What's the significance of glioma?

What's the significance of glioma?

More info needed: Gliomas are tumors of support cells of the nervous system called glial cells. Most of them occur in the brain. Treament depends on the site and grade of the tumor. High-grade tumors are very difficult to cure, whereas low-grade tumors have a better prognosis. Surgical removal is possible, depending upon the site and degree of spread. ...Read more

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My son has glioma. Where do I start?

See a neurosurgeon: Gliomas are tumors of support cells of the nervous system called glial cells. Most of them occur in the brain. Treament depends on the site and grade of the tumor. High-grade tumors are very difficult to cure, whereas low-grade tumors have a better prognosis. Surgical removal is possible, depending upon the site and degree of spread. See a neurosurgeon to determine the course of treatment. ...Read more

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My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

Primary brain tumor: Glioma is a tumor that originates from the brain cells themselves. This is in distinction to tumors (cancer) that spread to the brain from somewhere else, or some benign tumors that occur on certain nerves or grow on the covering of the brain (meningioma). Gliomas are usually treated by a combination of surgery, radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. ...Read more

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I have a grade one glioma. What exactly does that mean?

Better prognosis.: A glioma is a CNS tumor composed of glial cells. The types of gliomas are astrocytoma, ependymoma, oligodendroglioma and mixede type. They originate most commonly in the brain. A low grade glioma is a well differentiated tumor that, while not benign, carries a better prognosis with an age-standardized 10 year relative survival rate of 47%. ...Read more

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What is a glioma? What is it made of, and why did it get there?

A tumor of the brain: This is a tumor of the brain tissue. There are several types based on how agressive the tissues appears to the pathologist. The treatment and prognosis depends upon the aggressive appearance known as grade. ...Read more

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My niece is 18 months old and was diagnosed with grade 4 glioma. What is that?

Brain cancer: Glioma is a tumor that arises from glial tissue. This implies a spinal or brain cancer. This can be devastating. ...Read more

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What to do if my neice is 18 months old and was diagnosed with grade 4 glioma?

Glioma: A grade IV glioma is a very serious disorders of the brain. This tumor is a high grade and based on the age of the child not a good finding. Despite some promising therapies so far no one has come up with a reasonable treatment that can lead to a cure, there are rare exception but these are not common. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my neice is 18 months old and was diagnosed with grade 4 glioma?

What do you suggest if my neice is 18 months old and was diagnosed with grade 4 glioma?

See an expert: High grade glioma is a malignant brain tumor seen in children and adults. There are no easy solutions for them. My advice is to see a national expert. If you are in Northern California as your profile suggests, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at UCSF is one of the largest pediatric neurooncology programs in the country. Clinical Trials may be an option to consider. ...Read more

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What exactly are brainstem gliomas?

Tumor in brain: Gliomas are tumors arising from cells called glia in the brain. This is the most common brain tumor in adults. Brainstem is the part of the brain that contains many automatic functions and links the bulk of the brain with the body. This includes the midbrain, pons, and medulla. ...Read more

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Can gliomas spread?

It grows: Glioma is a primary brain cancer. It increases in size (volume) over time' it can be multifocal.... What is the grade?
Surgery, radiation with or without chemo is classic the treatment.... ...Read more

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What is glaucoma versus glioma?

See below: Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve. This nerve carries visual information from the eye to the brain

a glioma is a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of gliomas is the brain. Gliomas make up ~30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors. ...Read more

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What are the odds of beating stage 4 glioma?

Survival for GBM or: Stage IV glioma is quite poor, half succomb by 14 months, and > 90% by 2 years. Younger, completely resected, better functional people tend to do the best, but there are no cures. My dad died of this at age 63 31 years ago. Temozolamide is new since then. Senator ted kennedy is the most recent celebrity to survive about 18 mos from dx. These are the cold facts. ...Read more

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Can a lower grade glioma can be cured without surgery?

No: Brain tumors- glioma is the most common, cannot be cured without surgery. It's fortunate that your glioma is low grade but removing it is the only way to get rid of it. Tumors can always change also- becoming malignant after they have been low grade. ...Read more

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What is the difference between glioblastoma and glioma?

GBM is agressive: Glioblastoma is a malignant tumor of the brain. It often invasive and agressive form of brain tumor whereas glioma is often a benign primary brain tumor. Glioblastoma has the tedency to spread locally or to other part of the brain. Treatment of glioblastoma includes combination of surgery, radiatoin with or without chemotherapy. Gliomas usually do not spread and are treated by resection alone. ...Read more

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What is a subtle enlargement of a grade-2 glioma or tumor?

You need to tell mor: Subtle Enlargement means, small increase, if any. Not certain increase in size, it is a may be type of situation. ...Read more

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What exactly is a subtle enlargement of a grade-2 glioma or tumour?

What exactly is a subtle enlargement of a grade-2 glioma or tumour?

Tumor growing: But subtle means slowly if it's been a while between scans. Grade ii gliomas grow slowly by definition.
The need to remain vigilant is that 70% of gliomas are mixed tumors and have mixed grades within them. Therefore, we watch them closely for growth. ...Read more

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What causes a cystic lesion following an operated low grade glioma 6months later?

What causes a cystic lesion following an operated low grade glioma <asrocytoma grade 2> 6months later?

Depends: "cystic lesion" is not very specific. It could be gliosis (scarring) in the surgical bed. It could be radiation necrosis if you have had radiation. Or it could be the tumor growing again. ...Read more

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I have a low grade glioma that has grown 2mm on each side in the last 2 and 1/2 months. Is this a high growth rate? What is the common growth rate of a tumor or glioma?

Likely yes/many yrs.: This appears to be a fairly fast rate since low grade gliomas grow over several years. A malignant or high grade glioma grows faster, and has infiltrative features with necrosis, and poor differentiation. It often recurs after surgery and has about a 50% 1 year survival. Glioblastoma multiforme average survival is about 12-14 months. Even low grade gliomas can be deadly if in the wrong place. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for glioma?

Surgery primarily: The initial treatment for a brain glioma is surgical resection. Subsequently, chemotherapy and radiation are often recommended. ...Read more

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Why are seizures a symptom of gliomas?

Why are seizures a symptom of gliomas?

Brain damage.: Gliomas are tumors of the brain. They arise from glial cells, which are part of the support structure of the brain. As the tumors enlarge, they press on and irritate brain cells. That can make the normal brain cells give off electical impulses, and if there is too much activity, involving too many cells, a seizure will occur. ...Read more

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Are there people with brainstem glioma who survived?

Yes, survivors exist: Brain stem tumors approach 30% of posterior fossa tumors in the pediatric age group. Biopsy is done on occasion, but if the tumor is intrinsic to the brain stem, radiation therapy is often done without biopsy. If the symptoms are minimal one can sometimes follow up with repeat imaging at intervals. The tumors are classified by location rather than histology and their behavior is unpredictable. Po. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a glioma anaplasticoligodenroglioma tumor?

Type of CNS tumor: Gliomas are a type of tumor that starts in the central nervous system (cns), including the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells, which is a type of CNS cell. The most common site of gliomas is the brain. Gliomas are classified by cell type, by grade, and by location. An anaplastic oligodendroglioma arises form and may be malignant and perhaps a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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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

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a subtle enlargement of a grade-2 glioma or tumour?

Subtle enlargement: It is a somewhat vague way to decsribe it, but it means that the tumor has grown very slightly. ...Read more

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Glioma (Definition)

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