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My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

Primary brain tumor: Glioma is a tumor that originates from the brain cells themselves. This is in distinction to tumors (cancer) that spread to the brain from somewhere else, or some benign tumors that occur on certain nerves or grow on the covering of the brain (meningioma). Gliomas are usually treated by a combination of surgery, radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. ...Read more

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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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My brother has developed mesothelioma. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed mesothelioma. What is it exactly?

Mesothelioma is: A cancer of the membranes that cover the chest cavity, and the nooks and crannies of each lobe and the mediastinum where the heart, swallowing tube and nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics live. Tv and billboard direct you to lawyers because there is a connection to asbestos, and producers are liable. It causes fluid to accumulate. There is a varied natural history, few do well; many do poorly. ...Read more

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My brother has developed acoustic neuroma. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed acoustic neuroma. What is it exactly?

Tumor of ear nerve: It is a benign growth of the nerve that goes from the brain to the inner ear. It can cause hearing loss and dizziness. When small sometimes they can just be followed to make sure that they don't grow and cause problems. Other times they can be treated with radiation treatments and sometimes they need to be removed surgically. They are not malignant. They do not spread. ...Read more

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My son has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

My son has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Adult or child?: Cancers that develop in bonse are only common in late adolescence and early adulthhod: osteosarcoma and chondrosarcoma, and most commonlyaround knees. Ewings sarcaoma, and many other tumors affect bones, but usually are not of bones. Adults most commonly have disease from may other places that effect bones: prostate and lung cancer lead the pack, and multiple myeloma destroys bones. No more room. ...Read more

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My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

EBV infection: Mononucleosis is an infection caused by the ebstein-barr virus. Typically this infection causes a sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, and occasionally an enlarged liver and spleen. The infection also is associated with a feeling of loss of energy. This infection is contagious, can last a long time, and enlargement of the spleen is a risk if involved in contact sports. ...Read more

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My daughter has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

My daughter has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Try to get details..: Specifically, bone cancer is a type of sarcoma. It is more common in children/ young adults and usually one hopes to detect it early enough that surgery and / or radiation would be helpful. Other confused diagnoses with this term improperly used are cancers that start someplace else and spread to the bone (breast cancer for instance) or cancers of the bone marrow (leukemia). ...Read more

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My father has developed brain injury. What is it exactly?

My father has developed brain injury. What is it exactly?

Brain injury types: I would need more informnation to provide a specific reply. Is hisbrain injury ischemic ( such as a stroke , or traumatic ? ...Read more

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My daughter has developed depression. What is it exactly?

My daughter has developed depression. What is it exactly?

Depression: Is a mood disorder involving feelings of depression, loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities, trouble with sleep, appetite and energy and sometimes the development of suicidal ideation. It also interferes with the person's ability to function in school/work and in relationships. The best news is that there is help out there! ...Read more

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My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

Trauma to heart: Trauma to the chest causes trauma to the heart, which bruises the heart muscle. ...Read more

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My mother has developed bronchiectasis. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed bronchiectasis. What is it exactly?

Dilated bronchi: Dilated bronchi and inflammation, usually the result of low level infection inflammation. ...Read more

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My brother has developed kawasaki disease. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed kawasaki disease. What is it exactly?

Autoimmune disease: Kawasaki is a disease in which the body creates antibodies that fight against our own body. Your brother had high fever for more than 5 days, the doctor couldn't find where the infection was comming from and decided to do blood test; that's where he saw high platelets (a blood component) and made the diagnosis. This disease responds very well to a drug named ivig and then aspirine. ...Read more

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My brother has developed legionnaire's disease. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed legionnaire's disease. What is it exactly?

Bacteria: The bacteria is named after an outbreak found at american leigon convention. It is fairly common and causes pneumionia and requires treatment for recovery. ...Read more

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My brother has developed chronic pancreatitis. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed chronic pancreatitis. What is it exactly?

Scarring in panc: Chronic inflammation of pancres (digestive and endocrine organ), generally as a consequence of chronic alcohol use. Can cause chronic pain (usually worse after eating); maldigestion of (primarily) fats, with foul smelling, greasy stool, weight loss; maldigestion of carbohydrates and protein; diabetes that may be poorly controllable. Can be treated with meds, occ surgery. ...Read more

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My brother has developed dysthymic disorder. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed dysthymic disorder. What is it exactly?

A depression: As the field of psychiatry has classified the differing difficulties, there has been at least 4 successive publications by the american psychiatric association. In earlier editions the term ''dysthymia'' was used for what currently is termed ''depression''. As there is a wide range of cause(s) and treatments, an expert evaluation is in order. ...Read more

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My sister has developed otitis interna. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed otitis interna. What is it exactly?

Otitis interna?: Otitis "interna" is not a standard medical term. The most common ear infections are "otitis externa" (swimmer's ear), or "otitis media" the common ear infection of children. An "internal" ear infection would apply to the inner ear structures, of which the most common infection is a viral process involving the 8th nerve which causes vertigo ("labyrinthitis"), mostly resolves on its own. ...Read more

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My sister has developed giant cell arteritis. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed giant cell arteritis. What is it exactly?

GCA: GCA can cause proximal muscle weakness making it hard to climb stairs or get out of a chair; can cause blindness; can cause aortic aneurysms and can cause arterial occlusion of the arm all of which are treatable or preventable. It is an inflammation of the arteries. Problem typically treated by a Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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My friend has neurofibromatosis. What is that?

My friend has neurofibromatosis. What is that?

NF resource: Here is a great resource where you can find lots of answers about neurofibromatosis: http://www.nfnetwork.org/ ...Read more

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My father has developed legionnaires' disease. What is it exactly?

My father has developed legionnaires' disease. What is it exactly?

Bacterial infection: Legionnaires disease is a bacterial infection, usually of the lungs. The organism in present in water and may be inhaled through an aerosol, such as in a shower. ...Read more

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My sister has developed long qt syndrome. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed long qt syndrome. What is it exactly?

See below: Long qt syndrome (lqts) is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause rapid heartbeats which may trigger a sudden fainting spell or seizure and in some cases, death. You can be born with a genetic mutation that puts you at risk of long qt syndrome. In addition, certain medications and medical conditions may cause this, however it is treatable. ...Read more

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My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

Primary brain tumor: Glioma is a tumor that originates from the brain cells themselves. This is in distinction to tumors (cancer) that spread to the brain from somewhere else, or some benign tumors that occur on certain nerves or grow on the covering of the brain (meningioma). Gliomas are usually treated by a combination of surgery, radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. ...Read more

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I have a grade one glioma. What exactly does that mean?

I have a grade one glioma. What exactly does that mean?

Better prognosis.: A glioma is a CNS tumor composed of glial cells. The types of gliomas are astrocytoma, ependymoma, oligodendroglioma and mixede type. They originate most commonly in the brain. A low grade glioma is a well differentiated tumor that, while not benign, carries a better prognosis with an age-standardized 10 year relative survival rate of 47%. ...Read more

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What exactly are brainstem gliomas?

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Tumor in brain: Gliomas are tumors arising from cells called glia in the brain. This is the most common brain tumor in adults. Brainstem is the part of the brain that contains many automatic functions and links the bulk of the brain with the body. This includes the midbrain, pons, and medulla. ...Read more

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What exactly is a subtle enlargement of a grade-2 glioma or tumour?

What exactly is a subtle enlargement of a grade-2 glioma or tumour?

Tumor growing: But subtle means slowly if it's been a while between scans. Grade ii gliomas grow slowly by definition. The need to remain vigilant is that 70% of gliomas are mixed tumors and have mixed grades within them. Therefore, we watch them closely for growth. ...Read more

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Can gliomas spread?

It grows: Glioma is a primary brain cancer. It increases in size ( volume) over time' it can be multifocal.... What is the grade? Surgery, radiation with or without chemo is classic the treatment.... ...Read more

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What are the tests for glioma?

What are the tests for glioma?

MRI, biopsy: To diagnose glioma, you need an MRI with and without contrast, and a brain biopsy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of glioma?

Many: There may be many different symptoms of a glioma. It depends on what part of the brain it affects. Change in behavior, difficulty with speech, emotional changes, weakness in a limb, visual problems, are only some of the symptoms that may occur. ...Read more

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What's the significance of glioma?

More info needed: Gliomas are tumors of support cells of the nervous system called glial cells. Most of them occur in the brain. Treament depends on the site and grade of the tumor. High-grade tumors are very difficult to cure, whereas low-grade tumors have a better prognosis. Surgical removal is possible, depending upon the site and degree of spread. ...Read more

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My son has glioma. Where do I start?

See a neurosurgeon: Gliomas are tumors of support cells of the nervous system called glial cells. Most of them occur in the brain. Treament depends on the site and grade of the tumor. High-grade tumors are very difficult to cure, whereas low-grade tumors have a better prognosis. Surgical removal is possible, depending upon the site and degree of spread. See a neurosurgeon to determine the course of treatment. ...Read more

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What is a glioma? What is it made of, and why did it get there?

A tumor of the brain: This is a tumor of the brain tissue. There are several types based on how agressive the tissues appears to the pathologist. The treatment and prognosis depends upon the aggressive appearance known as grade. ...Read more

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My niece is 18 months old and was diagnosed with grade 4 glioma. What is that?

Brain cancer: Glioma is a tumor that arises from glial tissue. This implies a spinal or brain cancer. This can be devastating. ...Read more

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What to do if my neice is 18 months old and was diagnosed with grade 4 glioma?

Glioma: A grade IV glioma is a very serious disorders of the brain. This tumor is a high grade and based on the age of the child not a good finding. Despite some promising therapies so far no one has come up with a reasonable treatment that can lead to a cure, there are rare exception but these are not common. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my neice is 18 months old and was diagnosed with grade 4 glioma?

What do you suggest if my neice is 18 months old and was diagnosed with grade 4 glioma?

See an expert : High grade glioma is a malignant brain tumor seen in children and adults. There are no easy solutions for them. My advice is to see a national expert. If you are in Northern California as your profile suggests, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at UCSF is one of the largest pediatric neurooncology programs in the country. Clinical Trials may be an option to consider. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma versus glioma?

See below: Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve. This nerve carries visual information from the eye to the brain a glioma is a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of gliomas is the brain. Gliomas make up ~30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for glioma?

Surgery primarily: The initial treatment for a brain glioma is surgical resection. Subsequently, chemotherapy and radiation are often recommended. ...Read more

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Why are seizures a symptom of gliomas?

Brain damage.: Gliomas are tumors of the brain. They arise from glial cells, which are part of the support structure of the brain. As the tumors enlarge, they press on and irritate brain cells. That can make the normal brain cells give off electical impulses, and if there is too much activity, involving too many cells, a seizure will occur. ...Read more

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Is every glioma malignant?

No: Glioma is a broad term that refers to cancers in the brain. Many are malignant but some are benign. ...Read more

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What are the odds of beating stage 4 glioma?

Survival for GBM or: Stage IV glioma is quite poor, half succomb by 14 months, and > 90% by 2 years. Younger, completely resected, better functional people tend to do the best, but there are no cures. My dad died of this at age 63 31 years ago. Temozolamide is new since then. Senator ted kennedy is the most recent celebrity to survive about 18 mos from dx. These are the cold facts. ...Read more

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Can a lower grade glioma can be cured without surgery?

No: Brain tumors- glioma is the most common, cannot be cured without surgery. It's fortunate that your glioma is low grade but removing it is the only way to get rid of it. Tumors can always change also- becoming malignant after they have been low grade. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
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Glioma (Definition)

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