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Doctor insights on: Are Astrocytomas Benign Or Malignant

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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?

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 -braintumour questions, what to do?

Further work up: It is important to know the details of your diagnosis to make the best decision in pursuing treatment. The grade of the tumor is important. If you can have a complete resection is important. Also, I would recommend looking to see if there are any open clinical trials, as there are multiple available. ...Read more

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What is an astrocytoma?

Type of brain tumor.: A tumor that begins in the brain or spinal cord in small, star-shaped cells called astrocytes. The location of the tumor depends on the age of the person. In adults, astrocytomas most often arise in the cerebrum whereas in children, they may arise in the brain stem, cerebrum, and cerebellum. ...Read more

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What exactly is astrocytoma?

What exactly is astrocytoma?

Brain tumor: Astrocytoma describes a brain tumor that arises from the cell called the astrocyte in the brain. These are supportive cells that are diffusely located in the normal brain. These tumors can be slow growing or very fast growing and aggressive. The most common type of brain tumor in adults is a type of astrocytoma called a glioblastoma multiforme. These tumors don't go all over the body. ...Read more

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Grade two astrocytoma, what is this?

Astrocytoma: Astrocytomas are graded in one system from i to iii and in another system i to IV - in either case a grade ii means the tumor has some atypical looking cells but not obvious malignancy, there are however closely followed for any potential change. ...Read more

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Do you know anything about astrocytoma?

Astrocytoma: An astrocytoma is a tumor of one of the supporting cells of the brain. They are grade in three (sometimes four) types ranging from benign to malignant. Treatment of an astrocytoma is based on the tumor type and its grade. ...Read more

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Can someone survive a neuro astrocytoma?

Yes: Yes, people can survive with the diagnosis of neuro astrocytoma. It is a hard job to be the patient. It is important to consider the treatment options, their effectiveness and side effects, their costs, and the range of prognosis observed for this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the most severe type of astrocytoma?

What is the most severe type of astrocytoma?

Glioblastoma : Stage IV astrocytoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme with a 5 year survival of 0%. Ted kennedy had this type of tumor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about anaplastic astrocytoma?

Can you tell me about anaplastic astrocytoma?

Anaplastic glioma: Anaplastic astrocytoma is a tumor of the support cells of the brain. It is a malignant tumor in the midrange meaning it is not the most aggressive which is called a glioblastoma nor the most benign. These are aggressive tumors and need to be treated with multi-modality techniques which include radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Astrocytoma growth and reduction, what to do?

Astrocytoma glioma: Treatment of an astrocytoma is based on the type and degree of malignancy - if benign then the team follows the growth rate and surgery is indicate based on the rate of growth and reoccurrence. If malignant then adjuvant therapy such as radiation therapy or chemo will likely be added to the treatment protocol. ...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