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Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more


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Do you know are all cystic astrocytomas malignant?

Cystic astrocytomas: No, not all cystic astrocytomas are malignant - in fact a cystic characteristic pushes the tumor to the more benign side but having said that the tissue analysis at the time of surgery is the best analysis for an answer ...Read more

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Are all cystic astrocytomas malignant? Can you share some sources?

Cystic astrocytoma: Not all cystic astrocytomas are malignant. Being cystic does not make the tumor malignant, there are other findings in the tumor that need to be present to declare the tumor malignant. ...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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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

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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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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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Can you die from astrocytoma?

Certainly: Survival is related to the grade of the tumor. A high grade tumor also known as glioblastoma is particularly deadly. Lower grades of astrocytoma have a much better chance of survival. ...Read more

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What are the tests for astrocytoma?

What are the tests for astrocytoma?

Imaging & biopsy: Astrocytoma is a tumor of the brain. If a tumor is suspected brain imaging, e.g. Mri is usually done. If a lesion is found and needs to be removed, the removed tissue is examined by a pathologist to confirm the dianosis. ...Read more

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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