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Dr. Shon Cook
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Astrocytoma (Overview)

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 as the patients age.


Dr. Shon Cook
115 doctors shared insights

Astrocytoma (Overview)

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 as the patients age.


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What are the most common symptoms of astrocytoma?

That depends: Astrocytomas come in many flavors. They produce symptoms by local brain invasion and compression of adjacent structures as well as increased intracranial pressure. The clinical symptoms depend on the involved areas of the brain. Headache is the most common symptom. This does not mean that every headache is a brain tumor. Suggestive signs are nausea and vomiting or a change in headache pattern. ...Read more

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What is the general prognosis for a grade 3 Astrocytoma and rate of recurrence with modern day diagnosis?

What is the general prognosis for a grade 3 Astrocytoma and rate of recurrence with modern day diagnosis?

Less than 27%: Astrocytoma, a form of glioma is found predominantly in children and young adult, but can occur at any age. Grade III astrocytoma is predominantly anaplastic type with 5 year survival of less than 27%. ...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

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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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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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Please let me know what is the best way to treat astrocytoma in intramedullary in t6-t12 level?

Astrocytoma: An astrocytoma of the spinal cord is typically first surgically excised - based then on the pathology and the amount removed the treatment would be none or chemotherapy or radiation therapy depending on the tumor type. ...Read more

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

Not strange: Temodar, (temozolomide) 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

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Will astrocytoma kill me if I don't get treatment?

Get treatment: Astrocytomas are intrinsic tumors of the nervous system. There are several grades astrocytoma, ranging from benign, slow-growing tumors to more "malignant" behaving, fast-growing tumors. The grade of the tumor will determine its behavior and the treatment that is required. High grade tumors left untreated can cause death. Treatment is recommended for most astrocytomas. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Definition)

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