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Glioblastoma multiforme grade 4 astrocytoma, what is this?

Glioblastoma multiforme grade 4 astrocytoma, what is this?

Nerve cell disorder: Glioblastoma is a condition where the cells in the brian, which stop dividing and migrating normally at around age 3, start dividing and migrating again. It tends to spread within the brain, but does not invade or spread to other regions as a rule. Joshua Garren, MD Medical Director Tulsa Brain Tumor Clinic www.braintumorclinic.org ...Read more

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Glioblastoma (Definition)

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 ...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 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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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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Do you know are all cases of glioblastoma multiforme fatal?

Not all: There are survivors of gbm - but this is less than 5% at 5 years. I have 2 known survivors....But more than a hundred who have died. ...Read more

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How common is recurrent glioblastoma multiforme after surgery?

How common is recurrent glioblastoma multiforme after surgery?

Very common: Since there is a 5% survival of gbm at five years, most of the other patients will have had a recurrence in that time. ...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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Are all cases of glioblastoma multiforme fatal? Can you share some sources?

Are all cases of glioblastoma multiforme fatal? Can you share some sources?

No. Not anymore.: Ten years ago, it could have been said that all GBM cases were fatal, with little exageration. 5-year survival with state-of-the-art treatment today, though, is about 16% in the latest Optune study. If you are young, neurologically intact, and a good candidate for surgery, then your odds are higher still. Joshua Garren, MD Medical Director Tulsa Brain Tumor Clinic www.braintumorclinic.org ...Read more

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Could you give me a vivid medical description of how glioblastoma multiforme works?

Could you give me a vivid medical description of how glioblastoma multiforme works?

Mutation and growth: Like all cancers, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is an abnormal growth of cells (in this case arising in the brain) triggered by a randomly occurring mutation. The growth causes pressure on normal brain tissue, causing neurologic symptoms that lead to its discovery. It can be treated with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy with better and better results, but remains incurable. ...Read more