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How Long Do People With Brain Cancer Survive
Dr. Lawson is correct in adults. In kids, the most common version of brain tumor is primary to the brain. There are many types of tumors that both start in the brain and "go" to the brain. If you ignore the types that go to the brain, in adults the 20% that start in the brain can vary from very malignant (gbm) to very benign (meningioma). In kids, tumors are varied as well but ...Read more
No consistent answer: Many variables determine survival time - type of cancer, where the cancer is, how small if was when diagnosed, available surgical, radiation and chemotherapy for the cancer type. Also, every patient is different (individual genetics) so the same basic cancer type can act differently in different people. Get great medical care, fight hard and love a lot. Good luck in your situation! ...Read more
Very rare: If it is a GBM (glioblastoma multiforme) this a high grade malignant tumor of the brain with poor prognosis. Even with resection and chemo/radiation, these tumors recur and survival is generally less than a couple of years. There are rare subtypes of GBM that may have longer survival (giant cell variant) up to 5 years, but this is extremely rare. Make sure the diagnosis is correct. ...Read more
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
Really depends: Are you talking a primary brain tumor or metastatic disease from another site. If a primary brain tumor, it depends on a few features - what grade - ie grade 2, 3, or 4, patient age, and other comorbidities. Grade 2s live about 10 years grade 3s live about 3-5 years grade 4s live if metastatic disease, survival is less than 1 year (if not shorter). ...Read more
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