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How Long Can You Live With A Brain Tumor
It depends,,: This depends on many factors, like your health and the type of brain tumor you might have. If the tumor is a benign one like ependymoma or a meningioma, surgical resection can bring remission or even a full cure and a normal lifespan is possible. If the tumor is malignant like a glioblastoma multiforme or even benign but in the spinal cord, prognosis can be very poor with a survival of months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"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
How long can you live a brain tumor and not know about it? Can you live 12 yrs with it and not know it?
Sometimes: Brain tumors come in different types, some benign and slow-growing, some malignant and often fast-growing. Clearly some patients go many years, even more than 12, without knowing they have a tumor, which can be shown to have been present if they happened to have had a head ct or MRI after, for example, an accident. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Why are you worried?: It's not like the old days. I remember reading about a young man in the old, way-pre-CT-&-MRI days who had vague headaches & confusion for several months who 1 day just screamed, grabbed his head, & fell over dead. These days, with modern imaging techniques, brain tumors are almost always found before that happens. Why? Do you think you have one but are afraid to ask? Are you the worrying kind? ...Read more
Highly variable: "brain tumor" covers many kinds of tumor, some fully benign and very slow-growing, and some highly malignant and rapidly growing. If one has a highly malignant brain tumor and is not treated at all, it may kill within a few weeks of discovery, or even sooner. For benign tumors, failure to treat may lead to serious disability or even death years after the diagnosis is initially made. ...Read more
How long can a person live with a brain tumor before it is discovered? How fast do those things grow?
Varies: Different tumors grow a dfferent rates however the start small like with a single abnormal cell and the cells reproduce at a rate faster than normal cells and no not die at the same rate as normal cells. This eventually leads to exponential or near exponential growth. In other words, they take a long time to get to a certain size but after they get there they grow more quickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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: There are silent areas of the brain. Tumors may develop in these areas and not show symptoms for years. Important regions of the brain will show symptoms immediately. The important issue is to identify symptoms as early as possible and then use the appropriate imaging method to look for a tumor. Index of suspicion must come first, then the imaging will be of more value. ...Read more
Depends on type: The type and grade of the tumor will determine the growth rate. If the brain tumor is benign, it may grow slowly for months to years before causing symptoms (ie. Meningioma). If the tumor is malignant or aggressive, it will grow rapidly over about 6-12 weeks. Manifestation of symptoms depends on location. If it is adjacent to areas that control movement or speech, the symptoms are seen sooner. ...Read more
Type and location: There are many kinds of brain tumors, depends on what type you refer to (histological diagnosis determines what to expect). Location is crucial also, some locations in the brain are unforgiving and people may not live long if tumor is pushing on the brain stem for example. Age and social support networks plays a role too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is possible: For the most malignant brain tumor, the glioblastoma (gbm) this is possible. It has been reported and I have personally seen patients who have had normal MRI scans done for some non-tumor reason (ie. Head injury). Within three months, they present with neurological symptoms and the large enhancing MRI findings of gbm. The "incubation" time for gbm may be as short as 3 months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Recovery from a stereotactic needle biopsy is very short, just a few days for most symptoms in most patients. Open biopsies or resections which require a craniotomy will have a longer recovery period from a larger wound, usually some weeks. Talk this over with your doctor for specific information relevant to your case. ...Read more
Some believe that it takes only the time for a SINGLE CELL which has MUTATED (or produced by an abnormal strand of RNA/DNA to START tumor formation. As to how long it takes for SYMPTOMS to occur THAT depends upon the LOCATION of the TUMOR and whether it IRRITATES surrounding tissue ("produces" a siezure) Hope this helps!
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