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How Fast Can A Brain Tumor Grow
"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
Brain tumor: This is an extremely complex question. Brain tumors come in many different types and based on the cell origin can be extremely slow growing taking years to become large and symptomatic versus the more malignant which can double in size in a matter of months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Depends on the situation and patient age. Some can grow very rapidly, but not all. ...Read more
Usually slow, but...: Ependymomas, astrocytomas, and peripheral nerve sheath tumors all tend to grow relatively slowly, but the impact of a tumor here is great and if detected, generally surgery should be considered at once. I have one case of an ependymoma that produced symptoms for over ten years before it finallyi wish you good luck. ...Read more
Variable: Different tumors grow at different rates. In general it takes a breast cancer about four years to become palpable from the time of onset. If left untreated a breast cance has an average life span of about four years from the time of diagnosis. These are average figures with wide variations among different tumors and patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long can a person live with a brain tumor before it is discovered? How fast do those things grow?
PROCESS: First is doctors suspicion or if symptoms (headaches, seizures, nausea, vomiting), then focused physical exam followed by appropriate imaging studies (ct or MRI of brain), if a lesion is seen then it will require tissue diagnosis. Can be obtained by biopsy or surgical removal of suspicious lesion. The final word is the pathology results. ...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 on DX: It depends on the type of mass it is. Some masses may be very rapidly growing and others are very slow growing or may not grow at all. Get the mass checked out and discuss with the dr. Best wishes. ...Read more
Depends: There many types of testicular cancers. The growth rate will depend on the type of tumor and how aggressive it is. Sometimes difficult to predict. ...Read more
Could occur: Most commonly, a low grade glioma can transform into a glioblastoma, accelerating the mass effect. Another fast grower would be a metastatic lesion from a primary cancer, such as lung, skin, breast. Rarely some primary brain tumors can grow rapidly in critical areas, but this is less common. ...Read more
H&P important: A lot depends on the location of the tumor, the age of the patient and other factors like how it feels. This is what is called the history and physical and it's why your doctor asks a lot of nosy questions. The h&p will give us answers in 80% of cases but the rest will require testing, like special scans or biopsies. Even then, there are a few cases which are hard to know for sure! ...Read more
Radiosurgery, either: Linac or gamma knife, is not commonly used for glioma, but is regularly used for metastatic lesions. The procedure usually takes a day, including frame fixing, mr to identify lesion(s), and tehn treatment delivery. But you walk out of the suite and go home. May feel some fatigue, head ache, nausea. No aftermath is common. ...Read more
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