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Glioma Brain Tumor Survival Rate
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
Brain cancer refers to cancer located in the brain. It can occur from a metastasis from a tumor in another part of the body or can originate in the brain. Symptoms of brain cancer include headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. It can sometimes be asymptomatic as, for example, in patients with small cell lung cancer. It is always best to use MRI with contrast to make an evaluation, since using a CT can cause you to miss ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Can anyone tell me does radiation or chemo actually offer a decent quality of life for the limited life expectancy of a stage 4 glioma brain tumor?
Yes: For many patients (not all) surgery, then radiation with chemotherapy, and "maintenance" chemotherapy can give a good quality of life for a period of time for patients with grade IV astrocytomas. Half of all patients with current best therapy for these tumors live over a year, and most of that time should be reasonably good quality unless the tumor has caused irreversible neurological deficits. ...Read more
Tumor Type?: There is a wide spectrum of brain tumors. Many can be cured and others are very malignant. The kind of tumor, age, and functional status help neurosurgeons estimate survival. However, statistics apply to a population, not an individual. ...Read more
Agree with: Dr Kleerehopper also encourage you to get support from organizations like Voices Against Brain Cancer (see their website) each case is unique even with the same types of brain cancer survival rates are different. Psychotherapy can be beneficial as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How likely am i to survive a brain tumor? If you have a cancerous brain tumor, what is the survival rate?
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
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
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