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Avastin And Prognosis Anaplastic Astrocytoma
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
What is the general prognosis for a grade 3 Astrocytoma and rate of recurrence with modern day diagnosis?
My 8 yr old nephew has been diagnosed with a low grade astrocytoma glioma. Will radiotherapy be considered as surgery is NT an option.? Prognosis.?
My area..: The above is correct. We use carbo/vincristine to delay things until about age 5-6, but it tends to slow down the tumors while kids' brains develop at those ages. After about 5-8 we use radiation if not resectable (resection is an option ...Not all of these cab be removed without a huge amount of resultant issues). For these, we use protons at my center to minimize normal brain exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
49 year old male has stage vi lung adenocarcinoma. No gene mutations receiving chemo and avastin (bevacizumab) received radiation on foot and brain. What prognosis?
3 years: The median survival for patients with a diagnosis of an anaplastic astrocytoma is 2.8 years (reference: journal of neurosurgery. 2007 apr;106(4):575-81.). The most important factor in determining the survival time period is the extent to which the tumor is removed surgically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not usually: Two weeks after surgery, it may be hard to differentiate between post-operative changes and residual tumor. However, two weeks would not typically be enough time for a recurrence. ...Read more
Anaplastic astrocyto: Anaplastic astrocytomas are a malignant brain tumor that typically required both chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Length of post op survival is based on the amount of tumor resected and the response to the various therapies. Long term survival, that is greater than 10 years, are not common. ...Read more
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