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Metastatic Brain Tumors 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
Brain cancer: 1. Primary brain tumors such as low grade gliomas or oligodendrgliomas or astrocytomas and esp meningiomas after surgery have good prognosis. In contrast gbms or high grade gliomas still require debulking surgery, chemorad and chemo but have very high risk of relapse and low survival. 2. Metastatic brain lesions carry poor prognosis unless solitary where it can be resected and have better outlook. ...Read more
Could you tell me if there's a blood brain barrier, how do people get metastatic/secondary brain tumors?
Imperfect barrier.: The blood brain barrier separates circulating blood from the brain proper. The barrier consists of tight junctions in cells lining the blood vessels in the brain as well as a thick basement membrane and processes from astrocytes (structural/supporting brain cells). This barrier helps to limit pathogens (bacteria) and cancers from entering the brain; however, no physiologic system is "perfect". ...Read more
What should I expect next with this situation? Metastatic brain tumors (35) and spinal fluid tumors (3). I know it is terminal and late stage.
Depends: If this is a radio sensitive lung cancer such as oat / small cell consider treatment with the possibility of a fairly good survival for maybe even a year. If not I would get with the folks in hospice and finish up business for this life. Best wishes. I am glad you realize the situation and thanks for asking. ...Read more
Occasionally: Secondary cancer. Wilms tumor survivors have a small risk of developing another type of cancer within 15 years after wilms tumor was first diagnosed. The most important risk factors are whether treatment included radiation therapy and doxorubicin. Wilms tumor in children can also spread or metastasis thru the bloodstream to the brain, lungs or lymph nodes occasionally in children. ...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
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
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
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'm 19. I'm worried about cancers and brain tumors? Chances of it and symptoms? I want a long life. How can I live to old age? No cancer history.
Think happy thoughts: Worrying is the opposite of what will help you live long and be healthy. There are numerous things but the most effective are, eat a whole food, organic diet. Limit red meat intake. Eat wild fish and be sure they are not from regions with radiation or species known to have contamination with heavy metals or PCBs. Don't drink alcohol, don't smoke, don't use drugs, meditate, exercise, get outdoors. ...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
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
Brain tumors: In most cases of pediatric brain tumors the cause is not known. There are genetic studies being done that are starting to locate markers and mutations that can cause tumors of this type. There are also some rare inherited syndromes that have a higher incidence of brain tumors but these are rare. ...Read more
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