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What is the prognosis for brain glioma cancer?

What is the prognosis for brain glioma cancer?

Glioma infers: Malignancy originating in the brain (as opposed to a secondary from another source, ) they are graded 1 - 4, and survival is worse as the grade goes up they are also called astrocytomas. Stage iv, glioblastoma, deserves its reputation as a cancer with short survival, and the prognosis has changed very little in the past 30 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Shon Cook
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Astrocytoma (Definition)

Astrocytoma is a tumor that is arising from a specific cell type in the central nervous system (brain or spine) that is called astrocyte. These are the cells that support the actual nerve cells (neurons). It is a common type of nervous system tumor, which has different types, benign to malignant. Treatment is tailored according to this as well ...Read more


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How long do most people survive brain stem glioma, before it kills them?

How long do most people survive brain stem glioma, before it kills them?

Variable: 'brainstem glioma' as a term covers a variety of very different tumors. The classic pediatric 'brainstem glioma' is a diffuse infiltrating high grade tumor of the pons, and it is usually fatal in less than two years from diagnosis. Some children and some adults have focal brainstem tumors, more commonly of the midbrain or medulla, and these may be surgically removable and have a long survival. ...Read more

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High-grade glioma brain tumor, what to do?

High-grade glioma brain tumor, what to do?

Get best care: The optimal care for a high grade glioma will often be found at a major academic medical center. Treatment is first surgery, to remove the maximum amount of tumor possible, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, often together. All of this also requires good neuroradiology, good neuropathology, good nursing care and supportive care of all types. Don't be shy about asking for second opinions. ...Read more

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How long can you live with a glioma brain tumor?

How long can you live with a glioma brain tumor?

Depends: Some gliomas are low grade, grow slowly, and are highly treatable, so patients live many years with them. Others are high grade, rapidly growing, and respond poorly to treatment, and do survival is shorter. Age, extent of resection, and some other genetic, epigenetic, and pathological variables also affect survival. Ask your doctor for referral to an expert. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of patients with brain stem gliomas?

Poor survival rate: Brainstem gliomas are primary brain tumors that arise from the glial tissue and are usually astrocytomas (grades 1-4). Diagnosis is by mri. Rarely are these biopsied or operated upon because of their critical location in the brainstem. For the highest grade, survival is on the order of months. The lower grade may survive a couple of years. Radiation and chemotherapy do play a role in treatment. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if this is saying melatonin kills gliomas(brain tumor) or protects the tumor?

Could you tell me if this is saying melatonin kills gliomas(brain tumor) or protects the tumor?

Neither: Melatonin has no proven anticancer activity. So do not expect much from this medication. It is only goo for helping you sleep. ...Read more

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Is it true that brainstem glioma is a curable brain tumor?

Depends: Some gliomas in the stem are focal and low grade, and may be located in places where they can be operated upon successfully and safely. However "brainstem glioma" is most often used to describe diffuse infiltrating pontine gliomas, which are high grade and almost always fatal. These are most commonly seen in children. ...Read more

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Is a glioblastoma multiforme the same thing as a brain stem glioma?

No GBM: Describes the cellualar and histologic characteristic; the "brain stem" describes a location. ...Read more

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How long do patients usually stay on chemotherapy for brain cancer like glioma?

How long do patients usually stay on chemotherapy for brain cancer like glioma?

Temozolamide: Is used in lower doses as a daily oral drug during 6 weeks of radiotherapy, and then for 6 cycles afterward in a higher dose schedule. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Definition)

Glioma is a type of cancer where there is the uncontrolled growth of the glial cells in the brain or spinal cord. This initially can cause headache, vision problems, seizures, nausea, and vomiting. ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more