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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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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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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 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?

Yes: Low grade gliomas generally do not spread. High grade tumors such as glioblastoma frequently spread locally in the brain. They occur in other parts of the brain about 10% of the time. It is very rare to see a glioma spread to other parts of the body. ...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

Dr. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Definition)

Glioma is a type of cancer where there is the uncontrolled growth of the glial cells in the brain or spinal cord. This initially can cause headache, vision problems, seizures, nausea, and vomiting. ...Read more