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How successful is surgery in curing malignant glioblastoma surgery?

How successful is surgery in curing malignant glioblastoma surgery?

Helpful: While never curative alone, surgery can be useful in extending life survival in patients with gbm if a) the surgeon feels that greater than than 90% of the tumor can be removed at surgery, b) the surgeon feels that the risk of new neurological deficits are small, and c) the patient is healthy enough to undergo surgery and the recovery. Radiation or chemotherapy may be added or used instead. ...Read more

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
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Glioblastoma (Definition)

Glioblastoma is the unnatural, uninhibited overgrowth of certain supportive cells in the brain (not the nerve cells themselves). Like other cancers, this can destroy good cells, often by pressure within the space of the skull. Unfortunately, it weaves its way between good brain cells and the limits of the growth usually cannot be known with certainty. That's why surgery alone ...Read more


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When does a patient loose his speech after surgery of Glioblastoma?

When does a patient loose his speech after surgery of Glioblastoma?

A pt does not: necessarily lose speech after resection of glioblastoma. It depends on where the tumor is located in the brain. If not located in the speech center,speech will be preserved. ...Read more

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What are the chances that my glioblastoma will come back after surgery?

What are the chances that my glioblastoma will come back after surgery?

Unfortunately likely: Glioblastoma is not a curable disease in most cases and is very likely to recur after surgery alone. It is strongly recommended that radiation and chemotherapy be administered in addition to surgery. ...Read more

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How common is recurrent glioblastoma multiforme after surgery?

How common is recurrent glioblastoma multiforme after surgery?

Very common: Since there is a 5% survival of gbm at five years, most of the other patients will have had a recurrence in that time. ...Read more

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Friend just diagnosed with mixed glioblastoma... Stage 2. Surgery removed 90% tumor. What could his prognosis be like?

Friend just diagnosed with mixed glioblastoma... Stage 2. Surgery removed 90% tumor. What could his prognosis be like?

Not clear: Not certain if you mean glioma-grade 2. By definition, if you say glioblastoma (gbm), that is grade 4. There is a big difference in prognosis. Gbm have a mean survival of 14 months with maximum surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, although there are many surviving 3-4 years with newer treatments. With grade 2, the average survival is on the order of 10-12 years depending on molecular markers. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of glioblastoma IV patients post surgery?

What is the survival rate of  glioblastoma IV patients post surgery?

Life expectancy: Prognosis depends on patient age, location of the tumor and extent of resection. This is a tumor with close to 100% death rate. Expected length of survival (3months, 6months, about 1 year) is often used to describe what to expect. ...Read more

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Can surgery for glioblastoma multiforme cause amnesia?

Can surgery for glioblastoma multiforme cause amnesia?

Yes: Depending on where the tumor is, one of the complications of a brain tumor or brain surgery can be amnesia. In general, patients with tumors in the temporal lobe are at highest risk. ...Read more

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Can mannitol be used to reduce edema weeks after surgery, or only immediately after trauma? Patient suffers from aphasia after removal of glioblastoma

Can mannitol be used to reduce edema weeks after surgery, or only immediately after trauma? Patient suffers from aphasia after removal of glioblastoma

Mannitol: for cerebral edema is only a temporizing measure. Its affects are short lived. The mannitol can eventually cross into the region of pathology and draw water into the lesion via osmotic pressure (making the swelling worse). ...Read more

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Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more