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What are the affects of medulloblastoma treatment?

What are the affects of medulloblastoma treatment?

Please clarify: Please rephrase your question. Which treatment are you referring specifically here? Surgery? Radiation? ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of medulloblastoma?

Can you tell me the symptoms of medulloblastoma?

Medulloblastoma: Most common early sign is severe headaches, followed by gait ataxia - a stumbling like gait with sometimes running into walls and falling. If the tumor gets large enough there can be swallowing problems and rarely facial weakness. ...Read more

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When someone has a medulloblastoma tumor in cerebellum and they lay in bed all day will they have a headache and be sick cause of the swelling?

When someone has a medulloblastoma tumor in cerebellum and they lay in bed all day will they have a headache and be sick cause of the swelling?

Medulloblastoma: Medulloblastoma is a malignant brain tumor that originates around the cerebellum or coordination center. The tumor can spread through the spinal fluid pathways along the spinal canal. Children are affected 10 times more commonly than adults. Sleeping and laying in bed can cause increased brain swelling resulting in headaches and vomiting. See a neurosurgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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If someone has a medulloblastoma tumor in cerebellum and symptoms begin slowly, and not treated would there be more serious symptoms in 3 months?

If someone has a medulloblastoma
tumor in cerebellum and symptoms begin slowly, and not treated would there be more serious symptoms in 3 months?

Yes, very likely: Cancer does not sit still. It continues to grow and get bigger...3 months is a long time to wait and watch. We check people at 3 month intervals when they are well and free of cancer but at risk for new cancer related developemnts. ...Read more

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What are some alternative cures and treatments for medulloblastoma tumors?

What are some alternative cures and treatments for medulloblastoma tumors?

None...: Depending on the type and stage, a combination of surgery, radiation and systemic chemotherapy will be required to cure someone of medulloblastoma. There are no alternative cures or treatments for this disease. ...Read more

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What are the different types of Medulloblastoma in cerebellum?

What are the different types of Medulloblastoma in cerebellum?

Medulloblastoma: Medulloblastomas are malignant fast growing tumors that arise in the cerebellum or posterior fossa. There are a variety of cellular subtypes and prognosis is based on size, location, extent of surgical resection, and the presence or absence of metastatic spread into the cranial spinal axis. Genetic testing of tumor subtypes can determine prognosis as well. Check out the ABTA for more information. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of medulloblastoma?

Medulloblastoma: Most common early sign is severe headaches, followed by gait ataxia - a stumbling like gait with sometimes running into walls and falling. If the tumor gets large enough there can be swallowing problems and rarely facial weakness. ...Read more

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Why is medulloblastoma rare in adults and what are chances of having it at my age?

Medulloblastoma: Medulloblastomas are thought to arise from very primitive cells or 'embryonal' cells and this may account for the majority occuring in children. Medulloblastomas account for only 2% of all malignant adult tumors. Men are more affected than women. ...Read more

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What are the affects of medulloblastoma treatment?

Please clarify: Please rephrase your question. Which treatment are you referring specifically here? Surgery? Radiation? ...Read more

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Is medulloblastoma in adults curable if not spreaded to the spine?

medulloblastoma: If there has not been spread to the spine that gives one a better prognosis and a better chance to cure the tumor. ...Read more

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What are the different types of Medulloblastoma in cerebellum?

Medulloblastoma: Medulloblastomas are malignant fast growing tumors that arise in the cerebellum or posterior fossa. There are a variety of cellular subtypes and prognosis is based on size, location, extent of surgical resection, and the presence or absence of metastatic spread into the cranial spinal axis. Genetic testing of tumor subtypes can determine prognosis as well. Check out the ABTA for more information. ...Read more

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What are some alternative cures and treatments for medulloblastoma tumors?

None...: Depending on the type and stage, a combination of surgery, radiation and systemic chemotherapy will be required to cure someone of medulloblastoma. There are no alternative cures or treatments for this disease. ...Read more

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Would a person be able to attend school or go in public while taking chemo pills or if they have a medulloblastoma tumor?

Yes: Yes, absolutely. That alone should not prevent someone from going to school or being out in public. The pill is already inside you at that point and medulloblastoma is not contagious. ...Read more

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How fast do medulloblastoma tumors in cerebellum in adults grow? Weeks months?

How fast do medulloblastoma tumors in cerebellum  in adults grow? Weeks months?

Months: I am not sure what you mean from the expression"how fast they grow". If you mean from begining to onset of symptoms, it is difficult to tell yet it is longer than weeks...It is more like months to years. Yet once the tumor has formed, it can create serious trouble in a matter of weeks. ...Read more

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If someone has a medulloblastoma tumor in cerebellum and symptoms begin slowly, and not treated would there be more serious symptoms in 3 months?

Yes, very likely: Cancer does not sit still. It continues to grow and get bigger...3 months is a long time to wait and watch. We check people at 3 month intervals when they are well and free of cancer but at risk for new cancer related developemnts. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the survival rate for children with metastatic medulloblastoma cancer?

Improving...: This has been an intensely studied area in pediatric oncology over the last number of years. Previously a 10-30% 5-year overall survival rate was quoted for metastatic medulloblastoma. More recent studies have increased these numbers to the 50-60% range, maybe even better (the data are too new). Every patient is unique. I would encourage having this discussion with the child's oncologist. ...Read more

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Is anaplastic medulloblastoma a brain or childhood cancer?

Is anaplastic medulloblastoma a  brain or childhood cancer?

Anaplastic medullo: Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor (or cancer) in children. Anaplastic medulloblastoma is a particular subtype of this disease. While almost all cases of medulloblastoma occur in children, this disease can also rarely occur in adults. ...Read more

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If someone had a small medulloblastoma in cerebellum in feb, no treatment, would it be bigger by now and would there be serious symptoms?

Medulloblastoma: Medulloblastoma is a highly malignant rapidly growing brain tumor that occurs more frequently in children. Certainly, the tumor would be bigger and creating pressure on the surrounding brain leading to headaches, vomiting and imbalance. ...Read more