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Benign Brain Tumour Life Expectancy
Brain tumor: A benign brain tumor usually does not go wrong. There are occasions when certain benign brain tumors can go wrong but would need to know which type of tumor was diagnosed. The physician providing the diagnosis should be able to give you further advice on the type and what is needed for follow up in the future. Read more
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
Not per se: Even "benign" tumors of the brain can kill. In general tumors with benign histology do not turn into malignant ones, but for brain tumors the distinction is not clear and there is a continuum of behavior of brain tumors. Read more
None, headache: Most benign brain tumors like meningioma are asymptomatic and might be discovered as an incidental finding on imaging done for another reason (like a head ct after a fall). Sometimes there are symptoms based on location and what structures the tumor is pressing on and rarely these get so large that they start to cause generalized symptoms like headaches. Read more
Should be normal: The great majority of the time, a benign brain tumor will not shorten the life span at all. There are a small percentage of tumors that are benign, but are located in a critical area of the brain, such as the brainstem. These may compress the brain and might be inoperable due to location. Fortunately, these situations are rare. Read more
Can anyone tell me does radiation or chemo actually offer a decent quality of life for the limited life expectancy of a stage 4 glioma brain tumor?
Yes: For many patients (not all) surgery, then radiation with chemotherapy, and "maintenance" chemotherapy can give a good quality of life for a period of time for patients with grade IV astrocytomas. Half of all patients with current best therapy for these tumors live over a year, and most of that time should be reasonably good quality unless the tumor has caused irreversible neurological deficits. Read more
How often is a benign "meningioma" brain tumor life threatening? (please give straight forward answers) I really don't need useless information now.
Benign is a term that typically refers to the kind of cells that make up a tumor. For example, a meningioma is considered a benign tumor because it does not grow fast, and is not composed of rapidly dividing cells.
Benign tumors, however, certainly can occur is places that make them dangerous and for these, frequent imaging studies including ct and MRI are typically used. Read more
Many: Brain tumors, benign or malignant, can have many different presentations. These include headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits such as speech problems, weakness in one limb or on one side, difficulty thinking properly etc. These symptoms are all non-specific, and can also be due to other brain disorders. Read more
Brain tumor: Treatment is based on the tumor type, location of the tumor and what potential effect that tumor might have on the patient. Read more
IT DEPENDS: It depends what kind of tumor and where it is located, you have to ask this question from the neurologist or neuru surgeon who can answer this question to your satifaction as they have the facts and bipsy or pathology reports, and study of the scans and location of the tumor. Read more
Brain tumor: A low grade fibulary astrocytomas is a benign brain tumor. Read more
Typically not: The size of a tumor usually doesn't determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant. I've had patients with very large tumors that are benign and tiny tumors that are malignant. Whether or not a tumor is benign or malignant depends on what type of cells the tumor is composed of. Often the only way to determine this is with biopsy. Read more
Depends on its: Location and options.Get a more detailed answer ›
The only difference in classifying a benign vs. Malignant brain tumor is the speed of it's growth. Is this really true?
Brain Tumor, B or M?: Definitive classification of a benign vs. Malignant brain tumor can only be made with absolute certainty based on the histologic features of the brain tumor. Speed of tumor growth may be suggestive but not reliable. A very low-grade malignant brain tumor may grow very slowly like the benign ones. Keep in mind, a biologically benign brain tumor can still cause serious damage given its location. Read more
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