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I suffered from deja vue temporal lobe seizures for 15 ys before being diagnosed with a brain tumour. It turned out to be an astrocytoma gr ll. I'm seizure free for 8 years. L take lamotrigine 100-100 mg. Is there any chance to become medicine free?

I suffered from deja vue temporal lobe seizures for 15 ys before being diagnosed with a brain tumour. It turned out to be an astrocytoma gr ll. I'm seizure free for 8 years. L take lamotrigine 100-100 mg. Is there any chance to become medicine free?

Brain tumor: Your neurosurgeon is best qualified to answer your question. He/she has access to your test results (EEG, etc) and knows your current findings and symptoms. It appears that you have received excellent care and are doing very well in your current regimen. ...Read more

Dr. Shon Cook
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Astrocytoma (Definition)

Astrocytoma is a tumor that is arising from a specific cell type in the central nervous system (brain or spine) that is called astrocyte. These are the cells that support the actual nerve cells (neurons). It is a common type of nervous system tumor, which has different types, benign to malignant. Treatment is tailored according to this as well ...Read more


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Are astrocytomas benign or malignant?

Are astrocytomas benign or malignant?

Astrocytomas: Astrocytomas are most common malignant brain tumors. ...Read more

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What is an astrocytoma?

What is an astrocytoma?

Type of brain tumor.: A tumor that begins in the brain or spinal cord in small, star-shaped cells called astrocytes. The location of the tumor depends on the age of the person. In adults, astrocytomas most often arise in the cerebrum whereas in children, they may arise in the brain stem, cerebrum, and cerebellum. ...Read more

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What exactly is astrocytoma?

What exactly is astrocytoma?

Brain tumor: Astrocytoma describes a brain tumor that arises from the cell called the astrocyte in the brain. These are supportive cells that are diffusely located in the normal brain. These tumors can be slow growing or very fast growing and aggressive. The most common type of brain tumor in adults is a type of astrocytoma called a glioblastoma multiforme. These tumors don't go all over the body. ...Read more

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Can you die from astrocytoma?

Certainly: Survival is related to the grade of the tumor. A high grade tumor also known as glioblastoma is particularly deadly. Lower grades of astrocytoma have a much better chance of survival. ...Read more

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What are the tests for astrocytoma?

What are the tests for astrocytoma?

Imaging & biopsy: Astrocytoma is a tumor of the brain. If a tumor is suspected brain imaging, e.g. Mri is usually done. If a lesion is found and needs to be removed, the removed tissue is examined by a pathologist to confirm the dianosis. ...Read more

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Grade two astrocytoma, what is this?

Astrocytoma: Astrocytomas are graded in one system from I to iii and in another system I to IV - in either case a grade ii means the tumor has some atypical looking cells but not obvious malignancy, there are however closely followed for any potential change. ...Read more

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Do you know anything about astrocytoma?

Astrocytoma: An astrocytoma is a tumor of one of the supporting cells of the brain. They are grade in three (sometimes four) types ranging from benign to malignant. Treatment of an astrocytoma is based on the tumor type and its grade. ...Read more

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Can someone survive a neuro astrocytoma?

Yes: Yes, people can survive with the diagnosis of neuro astrocytoma.

It is a hard job to be the patient. It is important to consider the treatment options, their effectiveness and side effects, their costs, and the range of prognosis observed for this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the most severe type of astrocytoma?

What is the most severe type of astrocytoma?

Glioblastoma: Stage IV astrocytoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme with a 5 year survival of 0%. Ted kennedy had this type of tumor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about anaplastic astrocytoma?

Can you tell me about anaplastic astrocytoma?

Anaplastic glioma: Anaplastic astrocytoma is a tumor of the support cells of the brain. It is a malignant tumor in the midrange meaning it is not the most aggressive which is called a glioblastoma nor the most benign. These are aggressive tumors and need to be treated with multi-modality techniques which include radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Astrocytoma growth and reduction, what to do?

Astrocytoma glioma: Treatment of an astrocytoma is based on the type and degree of malignancy - if benign then the team follows the growth rate and surgery is indicate based on the rate of growth and reoccurrence. If malignant then adjuvant therapy such as radiation therapy or chemo will likely be added to the treatment protocol. ...Read more

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Astrocytoma -braintumour questions, what to do?

Further work up: It is important to know the details of your diagnosis to make the best decision in pursuing treatment. The grade of the tumor is important. If you can have a complete resection is important. Also, I would recommend looking to see if there are any open clinical trials, as there are multiple available. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of astrocytoma?

That depends: Astrocytomas come in many flavors. They produce symptoms by local brain invasion and compression of adjacent structures as well as increased intracranial pressure. The clinical symptoms depend on the involved areas of the brain. Headache is the most common symptom. This does not mean that every headache is a brain tumor. Suggestive signs are nausea and vomiting or a change in headache pattern. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get astrocytoma?

Uncommon: Astrocytomas occur in approximately 3 out of 100, 000 people annually. ...Read more

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Do you know are all cystic astrocytomas malignant?

Cystic astrocytomas: No, not all cystic astrocytomas are malignant - in fact a cystic characteristic pushes the tumor to the more benign side but having said that the tissue analysis at the time of surgery is the best analysis for an answer ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of an astrocytoma in a child?

What is the prognosis of an astrocytoma in a child?

Depends on tumor: There are a few different types of astrocytoma- some without much risk of recurrence and some which are aggressive.
Sorry it's not more specific. If you know the tumor type, I can be more specific in my answer. ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on anaplastic astrocytoma?

Astrocytoma: An anaplastic astrocytoma is a brain tumor that ranges between the most benign to the most malignant. Having said that these are typically aggressive tumors and require aggressive treatment in respect to both chemotherapy and radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: astrocytoma?

What is astrocytoma: Astrocytoma is a tumor that is arising from a specific cell type in the central nervous system (brain or spine) that is called astrocyte. These are the cells that support the actual nerve cells (neurons).
It is a common type of nervous system tumor, which has different types, benign to malignant. Treatment is tailored according to this as well as the patients age. ...Read more

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Are all cystic astrocytomas malignant? Can you share some sources?

Cystic astrocytoma: Not all cystic astrocytomas are malignant. Being cystic does not make the tumor malignant, there are other findings in the tumor that need to be present to declare the tumor malignant. ...Read more

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Grade 4 astrocytomas, frequently referred to as glioblastomas or glioblastoma multiform, can you tell me more about this?

High grade tumo: High grade primary brain tumor - the most aggressive one. Treatment is aggressive with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, most patients will die from their disease within 2 years. ...Read more

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Is an astrocytoma a cancer?

Yes: An astrocytoma is a malignancy of the nervous system. ...Read more

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If my family has a history of astrocytomas. What can I do to help prevent it happening?

Unable to advise: Since the cause of astrocytoma is not known it is not feasible to advice about prevention. See this site for info.
http://www. Abta. Org/understanding-brain-tumors/types-of-tumors/astrocytoma. Html. ...Read more

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Can I beat grade 3 astrocytoma?

Yes: In general, only 25% of people are alive at 5 years with this diagnosis. However, there are many subsets that do better, and we still have not figured out completely why some patients do better than others. I would recommend pursuing treatment because some people do beat grade 3 astrocytoma, and likely treatments will only become more effective in the future. ...Read more

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What is a giant cell astrocytoma?

Rare brain tumor: It is a type of tumor that arises from the astrocytic cells in the brain and on biopsy shows large cells with multiple nuclei (hence the name). It is an uncommon form of primary brain tumor. ...Read more

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Can I have pilocystic astrocytoma?

Astrocytoma: Pilocystic astrocytomas are a brain tumor that are not that uncommon but having said that you have a statical chance of less than 1% of having one. ...Read more

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What is diffuse fibrillary astrocytoma?

Astrocytoma: You are asking about a tumor of the brain that arises from one of the support cells within the brain - diffuse means it is widely spread and the tumor is normal benign but can be more involved depending on the location and the size ...Read more

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What is juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma?

Common brain tumor: This is a slow-growing brain tumor that often affects the lower brain of children. Each presents a difficult management problem, but the prognosis for a good long-term result is better than in other astrocytomas. ...Read more

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How do you treat a giant cell astrocytoma?

It is challenging: These tumors do NOT readily respond to chemotherapy or radiation, and are best managed by surgical extraction or debulking. Main issue here is transformation to a more malignant cell type. ...Read more

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Juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma, can you tell me more?

JPA: These grade I astrocytomas typically stay in the area where they started and do not spread. They are considered the “most benign” (noncancerous) of all the astrocytomas, though they can cause problems depending on their location. These tumors are often removed by surgery alone. In adults and older children, radiation may follow surgery if the tumor cannot be completely removed. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
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Glioma (Definition)

A tumor or neoplasm of the glial, non nerve ...Read more