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Dr. Jefferson Chen
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Glioblastoma (Overview)

Glioblastoma is the unnatural, uninhibited overgrowth of certain supportive cells in the brain (not the nerve cells themselves). Like other cancers, this can destroy good cells, often by pressure within the space of the skull. Unfortunately, it weaves its way between good brain cells and the limits of the growth usually cannot be known with certainty. That's why surgery alone may not be successful.


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What is the usual progression of symptoms for a parieto-occipital glioblastoma multiforme?

What is the usual progression of symptoms for a parieto-occipital glioblastoma multiforme?

Depends: If the tumor is on the left, the symptoms could include confusion while right sided tumors will only presents with numbness. Both sides can give visual symptoms but most patients don't present until they either have a seizure or are confused. ...Read more

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
86 doctors shared insights

Glioblastoma (Overview)

Glioblastoma is the unnatural, uninhibited overgrowth of certain supportive cells in the brain (not the nerve cells themselves). Like other cancers, this can destroy good cells, often by pressure within the space of the skull. Unfortunately, it weaves its way between good brain cells and the limits of the growth usually cannot be known with certainty. That's why surgery alone may not be successful.


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Please let me know if there is a difference between glioblastoma and glioblastoma multiforme?

NO: No - these are the same thing. Most use glioblastoma as it's shorter than the full name. ...Read more

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Can surgery for glioblastoma multiforme cause amnesia?

Can surgery for glioblastoma multiforme cause amnesia?

Yes: Depending on where the tumor is, one of the complications of a brain tumor or brain surgery can be amnesia. In general, patients with tumors in the temporal lobe are at highest risk. ...Read more

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What is the use of treating glioblastoma multiforme if it's fatal?

What is the use of treating glioblastoma multiforme if it's fatal?

Brain Protection: Survival is more than doubled with treatment. Treatment also keeps your brain working for as long as possible. Joshua Garren, MD Medical Director Tulsa Brain Tumor Clinic www.braintumorclinic.org ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for glioblastoma multiforme?

What is the best treatment for glioblastoma multiforme?

Multimodal treatment: The best treatment at this time for glioblastoma multiforme (gbm) is maximal safe surgical resection, followed by concurrent radiation and chemotherapy for the first 6 weeks. After that patients are usually placed on chemotherapy cycles for 6 months or until there is recurrence. At the time of recurrence additional surgery, different chemo, clinical trials or electric field therapy are options. ...Read more

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Are any new treatments for glioblastoma multiforme coming out?

Are any new treatments for glioblastoma multiforme coming out?

Yes: They are studying a vaccine for glioblastoma. Results are pending but preliminary results are encouraging. Bevacizumab has been in use for about 3-4 years with impressive results. There are some phase 1 trials currently accruing at the nci. Hopefully this helped. ...Read more

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In what way can we cure glioblastoma multiforme tumours?

In what way can we cure glioblastoma multiforme tumours?

Hard to say: Cure is a complicated word to use, but the chance of living five years with GBM has increased from 0.5% twelve years ago to 16% in the latest Optune study. Who knows what the next twelve years will bring? Joshua Garren, MD Medical Director Tulsa Brain Tumor Clinic www.braintumorclinic.org ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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