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What characterizes stage 4 brain cancer?

What characterizes stage 4 brain cancer?

Brain cancer: In general, Stage 4 means distant spread to other organs other than the organ where the tumor started (lung cancer that spreads to brain, would be Stage 4 Lung Cancer). There are 4 stages, so Stage 4 is the most extensive degree of spread, unfortunately. Primary brain tumors are not staged, because they rarely spread. Prognosis is based on age, location, histology, functional status, extent, etc

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stage 4 terminal primary brain cancer?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stage 4 terminal primary brain cancer?

I assume: I assume that you are referring to a grade 4 tumor - we don't really stage brain tumors like other cancers. We classify them by grade. Grade 4 typically refers to a glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive primary brain tumor with very poor surival rates. Most patients unfortunately die from their disease within 2 years.

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Will tumer come back in stage four brain cancer if it has been removed and doing radiation and kemo?

Will tumer come back in stage four brain cancer if it has been removed and doing radiation and kemo?

UNCERTAIN: Sounds like a thorough treatment program is being undertaken, and a team approach using such approaches offers the best hope for remission and future stability follow your doctors' advice, stay positive, enjoy friends and family, treat yourself well. Many with brain lesions can do well for years. Best of luck.

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How do you treat brain cancer?

How do you treat brain cancer?

Brain cancer?: That's like asking, "How do you fix a leak? " Depends on what's leaking & where. There are different kinds of brain "cancer" all with different treatments that also depend on where in tbe brain the "cancer" is located.

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How does brain cancer affect the brain?

How does brain cancer affect the brain?

It depends: This is a difficult question to answer because it really depends on where the cancer is in the brain and how extensive it is. Different parts of the brain are responsible for different things. So for example it is possible that a brain cancer could impact someone's speech for one person but not another.

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What symptoms are common in brain cancer?

What symptoms are common in brain cancer?

Variable: Symptoms are variable depending on location within brain. New onset headaches, more severe headaches, unexplained nausea and vomitting, vision changes, personality or behavior changes, loss of strength or sensation, seizures, loss of balance/dizziness, confusion.

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What are the end stages of brain cancer?

What are the end stages of brain cancer?

Variable: Symptoms are obviously variable, but the best I can describe them, they are most similar to alzheimers, but much, much faster. If the worst thing about alzheimers is how long it goes on, the "best" thing about end stage brain tumors is how short the suffering tends to be.

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What are the worst symptoms of brain cancer?

What are the worst symptoms of brain cancer?

Too many to list: There are many symptoms of a brain tumor but I really dislike listing them---too many people have some of them due to far moer common causes--but believe they now have a brain tumor and panic. I believe that if your health is not right----for whatever signs or symptoms you have, you should see your primary care physician who is best capable of deciding what is the best path to follow.

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What are some of the symptoms of brain cancer?

What are some of the symptoms of brain cancer?

Confusion,: Dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors.

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My brain hurts I think I have brain cancer. Do i?

My brain hurts I think I have brain cancer. Do i?

Unlikely: Fortunately, brain tumors are relatively rare--and though they do cause headaches, many other causes are far more likely. I would suggest you see your primary care physician for a history and examination.

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Can you tell me, are there bracelets for brain cancer?

Can you tell me, are there bracelets for brain cancer?

What kind?: If you mean cancer awareness bracelets, the color for brain cancer is gray. You can get them in many websites. If you mean an emergency health bracelet that says "brain cancer", you can get that in the internet too.

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What is the definition or description of: brain cancer?

Flips in kids: Dr. Lawson is correct in adults. In kids, the most common version of brain tumor is primary to the brain. There are many types of tumors that both start in the brain and "go" to the brain. If you ignore the types that go to the brain, in adults the 20% that start in the brain can vary from very malignant (gbm) to very benign (meningioma). In kids, tumors are varied as well but the gbm is rare.

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What is the Best Medicine for "Mio-Blastomia " Brain Cancer?

What is the Best Medicine for "Mio-Blastomia " Brain Cancer?

Glioblastoma care: Glioblastoma is a high grade primary brain tumor. The best treatment for these tumors is highly dependent on the location of the tumor within the brain. There is a multimodal approach in treatment, with neurosurgeons, oncologists, and radiation oncologists.

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What is the probability of having brain cancer or any type of cancer?

What is the probability of having brain cancer or any type of cancer?

Rare: Around 18-20 thousand people are diagnosed with brain cancer each year in the us.

Dr. Henry Friedman
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