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Doctor insights on: Inoperable Brain Tumor Life Expectancy

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Can anyone tell me does radiation or chemo actually offer a decent quality of life for the limited life expectancy of a stage 4 glioma brain tumor?

Can anyone tell me does radiation or chemo actually offer a decent quality of life for the limited life expectancy of a stage 4 glioma brain tumor?

Yes: For many patients (not all) surgery, then radiation with chemotherapy, and "maintenance" chemotherapy can give a good quality of life for a period of time for patients with grade IV astrocytomas. Half of all patients with current best therapy for these tumors live over a year, and most of that time should be reasonably good quality unless the tumor has caused irreversible neurological deficits. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Brain cancer refers to cancer located in the brain. It can occur from a metastasis from a tumor in another part of the body or can originate in the brain. Symptoms of brain cancer include headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. It can sometimes be asymptomatic as, for example, in patients with small cell lung cancer. It is always best to use MRI with contrast to make an evaluation, since using a CT can cause you to miss ...Read more


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I have an inoperable brain tumor; radiation did not help?. Don't know what my options are anymore

I have an inoperable brain tumor; radiation did not help?. Don't know what my options are anymore

More info: What specific kind of brain tumor? Was it a glioblastoma? Did you see a medical oncologist? Some chemotherapy drugs may give you some quality of life if the tumor is sensitive to them. An experimental study may be of great interest to you, depending on what kind of brain tumor you have. See http://tinyurl.com/l84zx9m for details. ...Read more

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How big does a brain tumor have to be for a doctor to decide that it is inoperable?

How big does a brain tumor have to be for a doctor to decide that it is inoperable?

Depends: It really depends on multiple factors, especially type of tumor and location. ...Read more

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When it comes to inoperable brain tumors, has any research been done on using micro dots of snake or spider venom to kill the tumor?

When it comes to inoperable brain tumors, has any research been done on using micro dots of snake or spider venom to kill the tumor?

Cruel fraud: Scorpion and spider venom have been investigated for drug delivery and there are some reports, but it's still preliminary research. Anyone offering this to you is offering a remedy that is untested and almost certain not to work. Don't spend too much money on it. Having a brain tumor is brutal enough without some huckster taking advantage of your desperation. ...Read more

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Can having a brain tumor during childhood cause a mental disorder later on in life?

Can having a brain tumor during childhood cause a mental disorder later on in life?

Possibly: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Can the life span of a person who has a brain tumor cancer be measured?

Can the life span of a person who has a brain tumor cancer be measured?

Yes: Average survival rates can can be given for the most common forms of brain tumors, but they are averages and some people survive longer and some shorter. ...Read more

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I am 24 and found out a year ago I had a brain tumor which has been resected could I have had this the majority of my life?

I am 24 and found out a year ago I had a brain tumor which has been resected could I have had this the majority of my life?

Possible: You are very young and therefore may have had the tumor for some time. Different brain tumors grow at different speeds. A low grade tumor is more likely to have been there longer. Check with your doctor about the details of the tumor. This not only can answer your question but quide you on how likely it is to be controlled. ...Read more

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Talked to 2 different docs & they said since i've had 3ct of the brain n 1yr that i'm at high risk 4 brain tumor later n life i'm 21 why they say this?

Talked to 2 different docs & they said since i've had 3ct of the brain n 1yr that i'm at high risk 4 brain tumor later n life i'm 21 why they say this?

I doubt it: The radiation from a ct scan isn't much compared with the natural background radiation. If there's a slightly increased risk, it's far from "high". This is probably a misunderstanding. ...Read more

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What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

Need more info: I will answer for children as they get wilm's tumor. There are many types of brain tumors; some are very low risk while others are almost impossible to cure. Most wilm's tumors, especially those within"favorable histology" have a very good prognosis; more aggressive types that are spread throughout the body when diagnosed are much more threatening. ...Read more

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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


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more