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Gist Tumor Prognosis
"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
Oncologist: This is an uncommon tumor, but because of advances in understanding its biology, most ocologists, medical and surgical are very interested in these tumors. The drug Gleevec (imatinib) has improved outcomes for these tumors. When there is an interesting tumor and exciting treatment options, more physicians are available. ...Read more
in the walls of the stomac & in the tail of the pancreas a solid formation 12cm, a tumor. can be a gist?can be operated?what to do?
Could be, need test: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are be either malignant or benign. However a 12 cm lesion is more likely to be malignant and needs additional testing including an endoscopy with ultrasound and biopsy (usually done by a gastroenterologist). Depending on pathology analysis, either Glevac can be used alone or with surgery. See a surgical oncologist if this is a malignant GIST. ...Read more
I have chronic pancreatitus and I have had a gist tumor. Last 8 months I have been having a lot of stomach pain and painful blisters pn buttocks?
Good Luck: Please make sure you have a medical oncologist evaluated you and you will need to have lab tests and radiographic imaging of ct scan chest, abdomen & pelvis. The good news there is oral medicine Gleevec (imatinib) will will clear your gist tumor. Also novartis pharmaceutical which make this drug they can help you if you do not have health insurance or if youe insurance will only cover 80%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is new free fluid & tiny calcification in pelvis of 58 yr male bad? (he had gastrectomy last year to remove GIST tumor, but recent CT shows no tumor)
Gist tumor: Calcification is usually related to old scar tissue that becomes visible on xray. Many thing can cause a little bit of fluid in the pelvis. It's very stressful when you get scans and things look good but there are new findings. Many times the new stuff was there on prior scans but was too small or just not sliced thur by the scanner...the slices on a CT can be several mm apart. Hang in there! ...Read more
Friend just diagnosed with mixed glioblastoma... Stage 2. Surgery removed 90% tumor. What could his prognosis be like?
Not clear: Not certain if you mean glioma-grade 2. By definition, if you say glioblastoma (gbm), that is grade 4. There is a big difference in prognosis. Gbm have a mean survival of 14 months with maximum surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, although there are many surviving 3-4 years with newer treatments. With grade 2, the average survival is on the order of 10-12 years depending on molecular markers. ...Read more
4wks to live prognosis. Biliary obstruction due to tumor bilirubin level 112 which reduced to 33 after 24hr drip. Pse explain how bilirubin reduced?
Good news!!!: This uncommon tumor was discovered in 1982 and is much less aggressive than most brain tumors. Get two neuropathologists' opinions if you can. A pathologist can spot microscopic features and may do a proliferation index to estimate your changes, but most of these do not recur after excision. Talk with your surgeon, and good luck. ...Read more
Good: Most tumors of the head and neck and in particular throat are squamous cancers. These lesions if not requiring surgery and chemotherapy along with neck dissection for control can probably be considered localized. Under such circumstances radiation therapy is the treatment needed and if the tumor did not recur in the 1-2 year period would have a high degree of curablility at the 4 year interval. ...Read more
Ill-defined borders: I cannot say that i've ever seen the term "fuzzy" in a breast ultrasound report. In an effort to improve communication of radiology reports, a system is in place to objectively categorize all mammographic and sonographic abnormalities, called birads. If this was considered a birads 4 or 5 abnormality, the radiologist was suspicious enough of a cancer to recommend biopsy. ...Read more