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Is it possible to resect a glioblastoma multiforme?

Is it possible to resect a glioblastoma multiforme?

Generally not: Glioblastoma is a high grade glial tumor. Glial tumors do not have distinct borders because glial cells have extensive cell projections and grow in a network ,rather than with discrete borders. Surgery can be performed to remove the bulk of tumor, but it is generally not possible to remove every tumor cell. Also, the location of the tumor often limits extent of surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
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Glioblastoma (Definition)

Glioblastoma is the unnatural, uninhibited overgrowth of certain supportive cells in the brain (not the nerve cells themselves). Like other cancers, this can destroy good cells, often by pressure within the space of the skull. Unfortunately, it weaves its way between good brain cells and the limits of the growth usually cannot be known with certainty. That's why surgery alone ...Read more


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Is it possible to completely resect a glioblastoma multiforme?

Gbm: Yes but location and neurological compromise in most cases didn't allow that. ...Read more

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What is the cure for glioblastoma multiforme?

What is the cure for glioblastoma multiforme?

Incurable: Unfortunately, glioblastoma is incurable. It however can be controlled with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for sometime. Hopefully one day we can cure it but the science is not there yet. ...Read more

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Are any new treatments for glioblastoma multiforme coming out?

Are any new treatments for glioblastoma multiforme coming out?

Yes: They are studying a vaccine for glioblastoma. Results are pending but preliminary results are encouraging. Bevacizumab has been in use for about 3-4 years with impressive results. There are some phase 1 trials currently accruing at the nci. Hopefully this helped. ...Read more

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What is the usual progression of symptoms for a parieto-occipital glioblastoma multiforme?

What is the usual progression of symptoms for a parieto-occipital glioblastoma multiforme?

Depends: If the tumor is on the left, the symptoms could include confusion while right sided tumors will only presents with numbness. Both sides can give visual symptoms but most patients don't present until they either have a seizure or are confused. ...Read more

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Someone i know has glioblastoma multiforme, and it has spread to both their face and their spine. Is there anything else the doctors can do tohelphim?

Someone i know has glioblastoma multiforme, and it has spread to both their face and their spine. Is there anything else the doctors can do tohelphim?

GBM: Hi, I'm so sorry to hear about ur friend, unfortunately there is no cure for GBM currently, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation have improved survival but still the survival rate is 14 to 15 months when 90 percent or more of the tumor is successfully removed surgically. search at http://clinicaltrials.gov for possible experimental treatments. Good luck ...Read more

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Glioblastoma multiforme, concerned?

Glioblastoma multiforme, concerned?

Serious diagnosis: Glioblastoma multiforme is something that deserves aggressive attention. Although the overall prognosis for patients is poor, there are subsets of patients that have modest rates of being alive at 5 years with newer medications. Also, even newer treatments continue to be tested, including vaccines. Typically surgery is done first, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

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Glioblastoma multiforme, should I be concerned?

Glioblastoma multiforme, should I be concerned?

Yes: This is a serious diagnosis. I would recommend prompt treatment with surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Although overall this diagnosis does not carry a good prognosis, some subsets of patients do better than others. Also, newer treatments continue to be investigated, including vaccine treatments. ...Read more