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Inoperable Brain Tumor Life Expectancy
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
"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
I have an inoperable brain tumor; radiation did not help? . Don't know what my options are anymore
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.
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Depends: It really depends on multiple factors, especially type of tumor and location. ...Read more
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
An acquaintance I know just had surgery to remove a brain tumor. They are now in chemo for a few weeks. What does this mean? Will it affect their life
Significant event: Depending on the type of brain tumor, the need for chemotherapy and/or other treatments (e.g. radiotherapy) is a significant therapeutic intervention. Most likely there will be the requirement to be cared for by a team of doctors, from neuro-oncology, to neurosurgery, and radiation oncology. Regular evaluations including clinic visits and imaging will be needed. ...Read more
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
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
How often is a benign "meningioma" brain tumor life threatening? (please give straight forward answers) I really don't need useless information now.
Meningioma: The tumor becomes life threa, tening when it impinges on the breathing center of the brain. Likewise, it impinges on the crnial nerves and major blood vessels. ...Read more
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
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?
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
I've gotten epilepsy all ur life, then developed a stage 3 astrocytoma brain tumor recently, how will the epilepsy affect the brain tumor and visa vera?
Complex: The epilepsy won't affect the tumor, indeed it may be a result of the tumor. Removing the tumor surgically and following with radiation and/or chemotherapy will help with seizure control. Some anti-seizure medications interfere with some chemotherapy, so your doctors will have to adjust what they give you to avoid problems with that. ...Read more
PROCESS: First is doctors suspicion or if symptoms (headaches, seizures, nausea, vomiting), then focused physical exam followed by appropriate imaging studies (ct or MRI of brain), if a lesion is seen then it will require tissue diagnosis. Can be obtained by biopsy or surgical removal of suspicious lesion. The final word is the pathology results. ...Read more
No: Brain tumors are relatively uncommon, and the peak age for the most common type of brain tumors is between the fifth and seventh decades of life (40-70). Such tumors are uncommon in people in their 20s, but it can happen. If your question is from more than just curiosity, see your doctor for more information and perhaps for a brain MRI scan. ...Read more
Varied...: Some of the more common symptoms include headache, nausea, new seizures, balance issues (ataxia) and changes in vision. Personality changes, anger, confusion, and changes in speech can also occur. When a patient is examined by a doctor, a thorough neurological exam can find cranial nerve palsies, weakness, and defects in sensation. ...Read more
Brain Tumors: The most common symptoms of brain tumors that people first go to the doctor with are headaches and fits (seizures). But do remember that brain tumors are rare and there are much more common reasons for both these symptoms. Ct scan is usually the first test we get if is suspected. ...Read more
Yes, depends on type: This depends on the type, location, and size of the tumor. For example, a benign tumor, the meningioma if it is located in an area that is readily accessible may be surgically removed in toto. The patient may have a complete recovery with an extremely low chance of recurrence-thus a cure. There are however, meningiomas that are in difficult to reach locations, that may not be cured as easily. ...Read more
Get information: There are many types of brain tumor, some malignant, some benign. The first thing is to get information and get opinions from specialists. There are many tumors that are very treatable and even curable. There are others where there is very long term remission. The key to to be informed and ask questions. Know your options. Don't forget about clinical trials. ...Read more
Very very very low:
There are many kinds of brain tumors, and many are benign. The odds of an otherwise young, healthy adult having any brain tumor in their life time are less than 1/10000.
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Brain tumor: I am not sure what you mean with "hydroencephlitis" - are you referring to hydrocephalus and a brain tumor. There is a tumor called a papilloma that can cause hydrocephalus. There are also brain tumors that can block the natural spinal fluid through the brain and cause a secondary hydrocephalus. ...Read more
Depends on size: The symptoms of a brain tumor depend on the location, size, and type of tumor. Some of the general symptoms include: weakness, seizures, blurred or double vision, headaches, nausea, vomiting, numbness or tingling, trouble with gait, trouble with coordination, hearing problems, trouble with thinking or memory, trouble with speech. ...Read more
Worsening of symptom: If you have increasing headaches, seizures, or neurological dysfunction, then that may be a sign of a tumor growing/regrowing. Otherwise, if the growth is small, you would not have any symptoms. ...Read more
Absolutely: Many tumors start in quiet areas of the brain and cause no symptoms until they reach a large size. It also depends on the type of tumor as to how fast symptoms may occur. ...Read more
Symptoms or history: There is no reason to be checked for either of these unless you are having neurologic symptoms that suggest these may be possible or you have a genetic disease that predisposes to one of these. I would discuss your concerns with your primary care physician. ...Read more
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