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Grade Ii Astrocytoma And Avastin
Astrocytoma: Astrocytomas are graded in one system from i to iii and in another system i to IV - in either case a grade ii means the tumor has some atypical looking cells but not obvious malignancy, there are however closely followed for any potential change. ...Read more
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
Yes: In general, only 25% of people are alive at 5 years with this diagnosis. However, there are many subsets that do better, and we still have not figured out completely why some patients do better than others. I would recommend pursuing treatment because some people do beat grade 3 astrocytoma, and likely treatments will only become more effective in the future. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the general prognosis for a grade 3 Astrocytoma and rate of recurrence with modern day diagnosis?
Astrocytoma: It depends. Ask your oncologist. Get asap if you don't have one. Sometimes they respond to new chemotherpay agents. Some are resectable, some respond to radiation. ...Read more
Depends on location: If your question is whether the patient may recover from the symptoms of the the tumor, it depends on the size, the location, the extent of surgery and the response to chemotherapy/radiation therapy. If your question is whether the person will ever be cured of the tumor, that is unlikely. You can hope for long term remission(5-10 years)and the possibility of new therapies that are on the horizon. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a 33 yr old female with a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma, was first diagnosed 18 months ago, it is unoperable due to where it sits, but lately I have noticed my headaches getting worse, is this something to be worried about?
My 8 yr old nephew has been diagnosed with a low grade astrocytoma glioma. Will radiotherapy be considered as surgery is NT an option.? Prognosis.?
Maybe: Radiotherapy can be effective for low grade gliomas but also carries risks of long term side effects. These are usually greater the younger a child is when s/he has treatment. Because these tumors sometimes grow very slowly, we sometimes watch them for awhile and then treat when we see growth. Sometimes chemo will be given to slow down growth and delay XRT until the child is older. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oncologist : You should speak to a pediatric oncologist. ...Read more
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