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Doctor insights on: Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

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What to do if I had a non-contrast CT head scan in march of this year. if What to do if I had pontine glioma would it have been detected?

Pontine glioma: This region is subject to a lot of artifact from the bony skull base on CT. Also, the lack of IV contrast significantly limits the sensitivity of CT to visualize tumors, especially small tumors. I can't say without looking at the images whether the pontine glioma was visible, but, particularly if it is small, it would not surprise me if it was very difficult, or even impossible, to see. ...Read more

Dr. Shon Cook
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Astrocytoma (Definition)

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


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What is a glioma? What is it made of, and why did it get there?

A tumor of the brain: This is a tumor of the brain tissue. There are several types based on how agressive the tissues appears to the pathologist. The treatment and prognosis depends upon the aggressive appearance known as grade. ...Read more

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Is every glioma malignant?

No: Glioma is a broad term that refers to cancers in the brain. Many are malignant but some are benign. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for glioma?

Surgery primarily: The initial treatment for a brain glioma is surgical resection. Subsequently, chemotherapy and radiation are often recommended. ...Read more

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Why are seizures a symptom of gliomas?

Why are seizures a symptom of gliomas?

Brain damage.: Gliomas are tumors of the brain. They arise from glial cells, which are part of the support structure of the brain. As the tumors enlarge, they press on and irritate brain cells. That can make the normal brain cells give off electical impulses, and if there is too much activity, involving too many cells, a seizure will occur. ...Read more

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Are there people with brainstem glioma who survived?

Yes, survivors exist: Brain stem tumors approach 30% of posterior fossa tumors in the pediatric age group. Biopsy is done on occasion, but if the tumor is intrinsic to the brain stem, radiation therapy is often done without biopsy. If the symptoms are minimal one can sometimes follow up with repeat imaging at intervals. The tumors are classified by location rather than histology and their behavior is unpredictable. Po. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a glioma anaplasticoligodenroglioma tumor?

Type of CNS tumor: Gliomas are a type of tumor that starts in the central nervous system (cns), including the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells, which is a type of CNS cell. The most common site of gliomas is the brain. Gliomas are classified by cell type, by grade, and by location. An anaplastic oligodendroglioma arises form and may be malignant and perhaps a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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Low grade glioma possibly Oligodendroglioma, surgery or wait and see best option?

Need more info: Treatment of this neoplasm depends on the type and site of the tumor and your general health status. I would suggest that you consult with at least two neurosurgeons at a large medical institution to get their opinions. You need expert opinions in order to do followup ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a subtle enlargement of a grade-2 glioma or tumour?

Subtle enlargement: It is a somewhat vague way to decsribe it, but it means that the tumor has grown very slightly. ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time dealing with the news of the acquaintance I know has glioma or glioblastoma. Docs are positive in recovery. I'm worried. help?

See a therapist: Please see a therapist regarding your fears. Also, spend time with your friend and even accompany them to their doctor appointments. Having more information can sometimes help us feel more in control and relieve worry and fears. Also, self-care is a way to calm your anxieties as well. ...Read more

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Why is seizure a sign of glioma?

Why is seizure a sign of glioma?

It's not: Brain tumors can present with many problems, seizures being one. We are often taught that if a seizure is the first symptom a patient has that leads to the diagnosis of a brain tumor, that they will likely have a more favorable outcome. There are a multitude of "gliomas" - some are relatively benign and slow growing, and those are the ones in which seizure can be the first sign. ...Read more

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Can gliomas spread?

It grows: Glioma is a primary brain cancer. It increases in size ( volume) over time' it can be multifocal.... What is the grade? Surgery, radiation with or without chemo is classic the treatment.... ...Read more

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What are the tests for glioma?

What are the tests for glioma?

MRI, biopsy: To diagnose glioma, you need an MRI with and without contrast, and a brain biopsy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of glioma?

Many: There may be many different symptoms of a glioma. It depends on what part of the brain it affects. Change in behavior, difficulty with speech, emotional changes, weakness in a limb, visual problems, are only some of the symptoms that may occur. ...Read more

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What's the significance of glioma?

What's the significance of glioma?

More info needed: Gliomas are tumors of support cells of the nervous system called glial cells. Most of them occur in the brain. Treament depends on the site and grade of the tumor. High-grade tumors are very difficult to cure, whereas low-grade tumors have a better prognosis. Surgical removal is possible, depending upon the site and degree of spread. ...Read more

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My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

Primary brain tumor: Glioma is a tumor that originates from the brain cells themselves. This is in distinction to tumors (cancer) that spread to the brain from somewhere else, or some benign tumors that occur on certain nerves or grow on the covering of the brain (meningioma). Gliomas are usually treated by a combination of surgery, radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma versus glioma?

See below: Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve. This nerve carries visual information from the eye to the brain a glioma is a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of gliomas is the brain. Gliomas make up ~30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors. ...Read more

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What exactly are brainstem gliomas?

Tumor in brain: Gliomas are tumors arising from cells called glia in the brain. This is the most common brain tumor in adults. Brainstem is the part of the brain that contains many automatic functions and links the bulk of the brain with the body. This includes the midbrain, pons, and medulla. ...Read more

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What are the odds of beating stage 4 glioma?

Survival for GBM or: Stage IV glioma is quite poor, half succomb by 14 months, and > 90% by 2 years. Younger, completely resected, better functional people tend to do the best, but there are no cures. My dad died of this at age 63 31 years ago. Temozolamide is new since then. Senator ted kennedy is the most recent celebrity to survive about 18 mos from dx. These are the cold facts. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Definition)

A tumor or neoplasm of the glial, non nerve ...Read more