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How long can you live with a brain tumor?

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 more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"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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How long can you live a brain tumor and not know about it? Can you live 12 yrs with it and not know it?

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 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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How long canyou live with a brain tumor before knowing?

How long canyou live with a brain tumor before knowing?

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

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How long can a person live with a brain tumor untreated?

How long can a person live with a brain tumor untreated?

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

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How long can a person live with a brain tumor before it causes symptoms?

How long can a person live with a brain tumor before it causes symptoms?

Depends: It would depend on location of the tumor, type of tumor and grade of tumor. A high grade tumor next to the motor cortex will cause symptoms quickly, a low grade tumor in the frontal cortex may take years. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with a brain tumor before it is discovered? How fast do those things grow?

How long can a person live with a brain tumor before it is discovered? How fast do those things grow?

Depends: It depends on the type of tumor. Some such as glioblatoma multiforme can grow very rapidly causing onset of symptoms and death within a few months. Others such as a meningioma can grow very slowly and might take decades to cause symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a brain tumor to appear?

How long does it take for a brain tumor to appear?

Years, often: Unfortunately, many patients don't show symptoms and get a diagnosis of a brain tumor until the tumor is quite large, and clearly has been there for many years. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a brain tumor to get big?

How long does it take for a brain tumor to get big?

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 more

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How long does it take for a brain tumor to grow large?

How long does it take for a brain tumor to grow large?

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 more

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Long can it take to discover a brain tumor if present?

Long can it take to discover a brain tumor if present?

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

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If a brain tumor is already big how long will you live?

If a brain tumor is already big how long will you live?

Brain Tumor: It totally depends on the tumor. Some tumors are very aggressive and you only have days to weeks to live. Others are not aggressive and can be present for decades without causing death. ...Read more

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How long will you live without knowing you have a brain tumor?

Brain Tumor: It totally depends on the tumor. Some tumors are very aggressive and you only have days to weeks to live. Others are not aggressive and can be present for decades without causing death. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a brain tumor to grow and cause symptoms?

How long is it supposed to it take for a brain tumor to grow and cause symptoms?

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

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If you have a brain tumor that's already grew how long will you live if it's big?

If you have a brain tumor that's already grew how long will you live if it's big?

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 more

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How long does it take to diagnose a brain tumor and what are usually the first signs?

How long does it take to diagnose a brain tumor and what are usually the first signs?

Diagnosing brain tum: The top three symptoms are headache, vomiting, and personality changes. Unfortunately, those are also common to many other diagnoses. Once medically concerned, an MRI is the test of choice, and the diagnosis can rapidly be made. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a brain tumor to grow and cause symptoms? 1 year? 2 years?

How long does it take for a brain tumor to grow and cause symptoms? 1 year? 2 years?

Depends: It depends on the type of tumor. Some such as glioblatoma multiforme can grow very rapidly causing onset of symptoms and death within a few months. Others such as a meningioma can grow very slowly and might take decades to cause symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a brain tumor to form? Is it possible for one to form within 72 day

How long does it take for a brain tumor to form? Is it possible for one to form within 72 day

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 more

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For how long is the recovery from a brain tumor biopsy?

For how long is the recovery from a brain tumor biopsy?

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

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How long does it take for a malignant brain tumor to develop?

How long does it take for a malignant brain tumor to develop?

Actually`: 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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I'm curious as to how long is the recovery from a brain tumor biopsy?

I'm curious as to how long is the recovery from a brain tumor biopsy?

Need more info: It would depend on the method and location of the brain biopsy. It is a great question to ask the person performing the biopsy (a neurosurgeon) before they do so. Also ask about side effects, rules to follow after the biopsy, and when to seek medical attention for any unexpected symptoms. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for you to recover from a non-cancerous brain tumor?

Variable: 'recover' depends on many factors. For a meningioma, a tumor outside the brain but inside the head, recovery should be complete in little time unless the brain was damaged permanently by the pressure from the tumor. Low grade tumors in the brain are sometimes called 'benign' or non-cancerous but this can be misleading. Recovery from such a tumor depends on its size, location, how much removed. ...Read more

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How long do brain tumor headaches last? Can they last just a few seconds at any time of day?

How long do brain tumor headaches last? Can they last just a few seconds at any time of day?

Other Symptoms?: You are very young. Tumor is less likely. Some brain tumors can cause severe headaches (HA). If the tumor is small and not pressing on sensitive or vital areas of the brain, depending on the tumor type, if benign or cancerous, it can be present for a very long time and undiagnosed.
Symptoms of different tumor types vary and it is important to see a doctor. ...Read more

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For how long can headache remain the sole symptom of a brain tumor?

For how long can headache remain the sole symptom of a brain tumor?

Location. Location..: Really depends on the location of the mass. Certain tumors can grow to large size before they affect critical brain functions. Usually the rule of thumb is if headaches get progressively worse is a clinical sign that you need to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to diagnois a brain tumor/cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to diagnois a brain tumor/cancer?

Symptoms?: If the tumor is small and not pressing on vital areas of the brain, depending on the tumor type, if benign or cancerous, it can be present for a very long time and undiagnosed.

A very aggressive tumor however, or a tumor that affects an important part of the brain will likely be diagnosed fairly quickly. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover after radiosurgery for a malignant brain tumor?

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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How long after a brain tumor radiotherapy will the side effects start? Are they disabling?

How long after a brain tumor radiotherapy will the side effects start? Are they disabling?

Shortly after start: Symptoms will begin pretty soon after your first treatment and will persist until after your treatment is over.
They are not disabling although they are inconvenient. The worst symptoms are fatigue, weight loss, possible hair loss, nausea. Some people get none of these except the fatigue.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take on average for a brain tumor to grow? Years? Months? Days? Mri over about 13 months ago was normal.

How long does it take on average for a brain tumor to grow? Years? Months? Days? Mri over about 13 months ago was normal.

Variable: Different type of tumors have different growth rates. If MRI was normal about a year ago, unless there has been a drastic change in symptoms, it is unlikely that you have a brain tumor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
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I had 50% of my brain tumor removed in Mar followed by 28 radtition treatments. Finished those Aug 21.how long those the radition keep workin?

I had 50% of my brain tumor removed in Mar followed by 28 radtition treatments. Finished those Aug 21.how long those the radition keep workin?

It varies...months t: It varies from Months to years. It will depend on the Grade of your brain tumor. High grade tumors (WHO grade-4, also called Glioblastoma) are much more dangerous and often recur with one year. Low grade tumors can remain under control for many years. Find out the grade of your brain tumor so that you have a better understanding of your prognosis. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. Also ...Read more