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Glioblastoma (Definition)

The unnatural, uninhibited overgrowth of certain supportive cells in the brain (not ...Read more


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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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Is glioblastoma hereditary?

Is glioblastoma hereditary?

While there may: Be some tell-tale genetic fingerprints on some glioma, the bad one, gbm seems to be sporadic, with only radiation exposure as a risk. My father died of one 30 years ago. No other family members have had any brain tumors. ...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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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

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What's glioblastoma multiforme?

What's glioblastoma multiforme?

Glioblastoma: Glioblastoma multiforme is a very aggressive brain tumor. Treatment is generally surgery then chemo radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Glioblastoma multiforme, concerned?

Glioblastoma multiforme, concerned?

Serious diagnosis: Glioblastoma multiforme is something that deserves aggressive attention. Although the overall prognosis for patients is poor, there are subsets of patients that have modest rates of being alive at 5 years with newer medications. Also, even newer treatments continue to be tested, including vaccines. Typically surgery is done first, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

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Glioblastoma multiforme, should I be concerned?

Glioblastoma multiforme, should I be concerned?

Yes: This is a serious diagnosis. I would recommend prompt treatment with surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Although overall this diagnosis does not carry a good prognosis, some subsets of patients do better than others. Also, newer treatments continue to be investigated, including vaccine treatments. ...Read more

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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?

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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Is it possible to resect a glioblastoma multiforme?

Is it possible to resect a glioblastoma multiforme?

Generally not: Glioblastoma is a high grade glial tumor. Glial tumors do not have distinct borders because glial cells have extensive cell projections and grow in a network, rather than with discrete borders. Surgery can be performed to remove the bulk of tumor, but it is generally not possible to remove every tumor cell. Also, the location of the tumor often limits extent of surgery. ...Read more

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Is there any breakthrough treatment for glioblastoma anywhere?

Is there any breakthrough treatment for glioblastoma anywhere?

Not yet.: Please contact the american brain tumor association for current trials. If you mean "cure" the answer is unfortunately - not yet.
Here the link http://www. Abta. Org/. ...Read more

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Is it possible to completely resect a glioblastoma multiforme?

Gbm: Yes but location and neurological compromise in most cases didn't allow that. ...Read more

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How successful is surgery in curing malignant glioblastoma surgery?

How successful is surgery in curing malignant glioblastoma surgery?

Not good alone: The standard management for glioblastoma includes surgery followed by radiation and chemotherapy. Radiation and chemotherapy following surgery is well established to improve the overall survival of patients compared to radiation alone. ...Read more

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What are indications that glioblastoma cancer is in the final stages?

What are indications that glioblastoma cancer is in the final stages?

Losing performance: Gbm causes different signs depending on location, and growth on MRI signal progression. But decreasing ability to do daily activity, get out of bed, dress, walk, control bowel and bladder function are signs that time is short. Salvage treatment is used in able patients, and those willing to volunteer, but assess what benefit your patient gets and at what price. ...Read more

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What is the cure for glioblastoma multiforme?

What is the cure for glioblastoma multiforme?

Incurable: Unfortunately, glioblastoma is incurable. It however can be controlled with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for sometime. Hopefully one day we can cure it but the science is not there yet. ...Read more

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Who is the best neuro oncologist in mumbai for treating glioblastoma?

Who is the best neuro oncologist in mumbai for treating glioblastoma?

A team: Glioblastoma is a terrible disease. You need an oncologist, neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist all working together. ...Read more

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Why is the term glioblastoma used to describe all brain tumors if not all brain tumors are composed of glial?

Why is the term glioblastoma used to describe all brain tumors if not all brain tumors are composed of glial?

Not all brain tumors: ...are glioblastomas. Glioblastoma multiforme is a high grade astrocytoma (or glioma). Astrocytoma said can also be low or intermediate grade depending on how they look under the microscope and their pattern and rate of growth. There are other types of brain tumors, such as mesotheliomas, which are not glial tumors. ...Read more

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What is the difference between glioblastoma and glioma?

GBM is agressive: Glioblastoma is a malignant tumor of the brain. It often invasive and agressive form of brain tumor whereas glioma is often a benign primary brain tumor. Glioblastoma has the tedency to spread locally or to other part of the brain. Treatment of glioblastoma includes combination of surgery, radiatoin with or without chemotherapy. Gliomas usually do not spread and are treated by resection alone. ...Read more

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When does a patient loose his speech after surgery of Glioblastoma?

When does a patient loose his speech after surgery of Glioblastoma?

A pt does not: Necessarily lose speech after resection of glioblastoma. It depends on where the tumor is located in the brain. If not located in the speech center, speech will be preserved. ...Read more

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What are the chances that my glioblastoma will come back after surgery?

What are the chances that my glioblastoma will come back after surgery?

Unfortunately likely: Glioblastoma is not a curable disease in most cases and is very likely to recur after surgery alone. It is strongly recommended that radiation and chemotherapy be administered in addition to surgery. ...Read more

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What are the success stories of anyone surviving glioblastoma multiforme?

What are the success stories of anyone surviving glioblastoma multiforme?

Bad tumor: Cerebral tumors of this type are horrible events, and surgical excision may be useful for yrs. We now have some promising medications, and some newer techniques surgically to implant meds. Yet, the best we can do is prolong life for a while. Unfortunately, there are very few success stories. More understanding and research is needed. ...Read more

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What is the success of avastin (bevacizumab) for treating glioblastoma? Does it work?

What is the success of avastin (bevacizumab) for treating glioblastoma? Does it work?

Marginal: It is primarily being used to treat recurrent malignant gliomas. The latest results with its use as a frontline treatment for malignant glioma show no real benefit over the current conventional regimen using radiation therapy and chemotherapy with temodar (temozolomide). ...Read more

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Grade 4 astrocytomas, frequently referred to as glioblastomas or glioblastoma multiform, can you tell me more about this?

High grade tumo: High grade primary brain tumor - the most aggressive one. Treatment is aggressive with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, most patients will die from their disease within 2 years. ...Read more