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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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Can gliomas spread?

Can gliomas spread?

Yes: Low grade gliomas generally do not spread. High grade tumors such as glioblastoma frequently spread locally in the brain. They occur in other parts of the brain about 10% of the time. It is very rare to see a glioma spread to other parts of the body. ...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?

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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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 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 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

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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

Dr. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Definition)

Glioma is a type of cancer where there is the uncontrolled growth of the glial cells in the brain or spinal cord. This initially can cause headache, vision problems, seizures, nausea, and vomiting. ...Read more