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Dr. Jefferson Chen
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Glioblastoma (Overview)

The unnatural, uninhibited overgrowth of certain supportive cells in the brain (not the nerve cells themselves).


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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
89 doctors shared insights

Glioblastoma (Overview)

The unnatural, uninhibited overgrowth of certain supportive cells in the brain (not the nerve cells themselves).


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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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Where in the body does glioblastoma develop?

Where in the body does glioblastoma develop?

The brain.: Glioblastoma multiforme is the term for a very aggressive tumor that arises in the brain. It is usually treated by a combination of surgery, radiation therapy and cheomtherapy. Unfortunately, these tumors are very aggressive, and although treatment can slow their growth, they invariably recur. They are most commonly found in middle aged adults. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: glioblastoma?

A bad brain tumor.: 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. ...Read more

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Why are glioblastomas so common and is there anything a person can do to reduce the chance of getting one ?

Why are glioblastomas so common and is there anything a person can do to reduce the chance of getting one ?

Uncommon cancer: You have misunderstood something you read. Glioblastomas are relatively uncommon cancers, with about 12,000 new cases each year in the entire US. Not exactly rare, but that's 20 times and 15 times less common than breast cancer and prostate cancer, respectively. Most other cancers also are more common than glio. There is no known prevention against glioblastoma, so good thing it's pretty rare! ...Read more

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My dad has glioblastoma, what happens?

My dad has glioblastoma, what happens?

Treatment: These are typically treated aggressively surgery (if operable) followed by a combination of chemotherapy (temodar) and radiation, followed by more chemotherapy. Unfortunately these tumors have very bad prognoses. ...Read more

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What does the grade of a glioblastoma tumor indicate?

What does the grade of a glioblastoma tumor indicate?

Tumor grading: Grading of tumors is a way of "standardizing" the type of cancer, and thereby improving consistency of treatment between treating doctors/institutions. In gliomas as in other sites, a higher grade also implies a more aggressive tumor and potentially a poorer prognosis. However, some high grade tumors can be curable, whereas low grade tumors tend to linger but not respond to treatments. ...Read more

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How effective is radiosurgery for treating glioblastoma?

How effective is radiosurgery for treating glioblastoma?

Depends: This is difficult to answer. Glioblastoma is a very malignant tumor and very difficult to treat. The smaller the tumor the better the chances of "success " in treating the tumor with radiotherapy. Surgery also an option if again it is a small lesion. Unfortunately often times diagnosed at a late stage. ...Read more