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Causes Of Anaplastic Astrocytoma
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
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
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
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 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
I am a 33 yr old female with a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma, was first diagnosed 18 months ago, it is unoperable due to where it sits, but lately I have noticed my headaches getting worse, is this something to be worried about?
After ressection on a milagnant grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma is temodar and radiation the best treatment option? If not what else is available?
Yes : The standard of care is radiation and temador after resection. Since this is an aggressive cancer the alternatives are research trials. But it's been decades and very slow progress has been made. When further recurrence occurs more surgery plus radioactive implants or radiosurgery may be tried but has shown little benefit. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the chances of a brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma gr 3 reaccuring in a child if the tumor was removed?
High: Unfortunately pediatric anaplastic astrocytoma (grade 3 glioma) has high recurrence rates. Degree of resection does impact prognosis. However, those with grade 3 astrocytoma tend to have pfs(progression free survival) of 40 to 50% even with adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Astrocytoma: Anaplastic astrocytoma is a rare malignant brain tumor. Astrocytomas are tumors that develop from certain star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes. Grades i or ii astrocytomas are nonmalignant and may be referred to as low-grade. Grades iii and IV astrocytomas are malignant and may be referred to as high-grade astrocytomas. ...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
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