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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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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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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?

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?

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. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Definition)

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