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Life Span With Cancer In The Cerebrum
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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
I had breast cancer in 2010 and recently 3 brain tumors. Did the necessary treatments (surgery, gamma knife. I would like to know if I am considered disabled because of the remaining life span?
Probably not: Disability is not usually judged by a person's life expectancy, but rather upon loss of particular functions, such as ability to walk, or speak, or hear, etc. One can, at a given time, be suffering from a fatal disease with a limited life expectancy but not be disabled, at least at that point in time. ...Read more
Unable to predict: Any tumor spreading to the brain is not a good sign, but it is not possible to provide a time line of events. Tumors and individuals all vary and make it impossible to predict behavior of any given case. ...Read more
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
Not long...: ...I'm afraid, particularly if it's spread to the brain. It may vary depending on whether he gets treatment and how well it works but in general his prognosis is very poor. I would focus on helping him feel as good as possible for whatever time he is given rather than guessing how long he actually has. ...Read more
Highly variable: In colon cancer, up to 25% survival at 3 years, if good response to chemo. Every colon cancer responds to meds differently, and new genetic tests can help pick meds that might be best. I recommend to get affairs in order, apologize to those who you have wronged/crossed, express love & gratitude to those for whom you care, and find joy and peace in each day. Best wishes! Dr. T. ...Read more
Could you tell me what is the life expectancy for a 66 year old male just diagnosed will cancer in bowel, lungs and brain?
Unknown: No one can tell you dates, only percent survival. So lower with large tumor burden. So if tumor spread to lung brain etc this is stage 4. Also depends on how functional one is. I would talk to the oncologist about palliative and hospice care otion if no one has before. Ask questions to the doctor and write them down so you will not forget. ...Read more
My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer with metastatic to the brain, now there's a bleed on the brain what is his life expectancy?
Bad disease: Metastatic lung Cancer is a very bad cancer. An average patient can be expected to live between 4-12 months depending on how many sites of spread (besides the brain) he has and how mnay tumor nodules show up in his Brain scans. Patients with multiple brain metastases do poorly and may have even a shorter survival, sometimes just a few weeks unless his tumors shrink with the treatments offered to ...Read more
Tough: Depends but one can guesstimate that it would be months. Some patients do better and can survive longer. Hope this helps. ...Read more
What is the life expectancy a patient with lung cancer that has spread to the bones and brain and is currently being treated with chemotherapy?
Not good: 6 months at the most. Give or take. Get affairs in order, hospice is a good option if available. Sorry and good luck! ...Read more
Life expectancy for lung cancer gone to brain. Pet scan shows no other cancer now, only 1 tumor on brain. Surgery and whole brsin radiation will be?
"oligometastatic": Patients with a single brain tumor as the only site of metastatic disease are called "oligometastatic." the chance of cure, though small, is real. Every cancer specialist has a few such patients. I would strongly recommend aggressive treatment, including either radiosurgery (cyberknife, gammaknife, etc.) to the brain or surgical resection, and again stereotactic or chemoradiation to the lung. ...Read more
What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive
Presume you mean: A vertebral body, because you cannot remove the entire spine. Usually this is done for cancer traveled to the bony spine, but longevity/length of survival depends on many other factors...Is that the only site of disease? Time from initial diagnosis to the new finding. How "healthy" is the patient, vigorous and out of bed and chair or sedentary? Did you ask the operating surgeon? Ask! ...Read more
What is the average life span after diagnosis of metastatic ovarian cancer that is poorly differentiated?
Varies: Nobody can really give you a specific time period. We usually look at 5 year survival rates. If you know the stage of cancer, you can easily find the corresponding 5 year survival rate on the internet. This tells you what percentage of patients with that stage of cancer will live beyond 5 years. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Can: All cancers of any type, especially if larger or spreading, can reduce a person's life expectancy. ...Read more
but if small cell, short.
Others relate to cell type, location of metastases, other personal risk factors.
1-4 years, few at five. ...Read more
Unlcear Question!: Please rephrase your question: "growth surgically" does not make sense to me. ...Read more
Maybe: There are many nuances to this? That can be only answered by you oncologist who has all your details. I'm sure this is a discouraging diagnosis, but the prognosis can be excellent. Yesterday met with an old patient 20 years out on this same diagnosis. ...Read more
Could surgery of cancer (carcinoma right breast diagnoised as stage iii) result in reduction of life span?
Increase life span: I would recommend you to see an oncologist and discuss in detail about your options. Surgical resection is necessary for your cancer. in many cases, chemotherapy prior to surgery would be recommended in stage 3 to shrink the tumor down and help with the surgery. Chemo also can be given post surgery as well as radiation therapy. The treatment goal for stage 3 is to increase life span. ...Read more
Is breast cancer's only sign of existence is that make one fool-proof to breast cancer mortality and reduction of life-span?
Breast cancer: Breast a treatable disease if diagnosed early that is why mammography recommended. ...Read more
Normal life: They can live a normal life span providing that they survive the consequences of the clot. It is not always a time bomb. ...Read more