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Doctor insights on: Stage 4 Brain Cancer Life Expectancy

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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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How long is the life expectancy of stage 5 brain cancer?

How long is the life expectancy of stage 5 brain cancer?

You mean stage IV: Unfortunately stage IV is terminal stage in months, fingers in one hand is enough, reducing brain edema making life as comfortable as is the main aim at this stage.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Jon Strasser Dr. Strasser
Radiation Oncology
17 years in practice
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Following being diagnosed with brain cancer, how long is life expectancy?

Following being diagnosed with brain cancer, how long is life expectancy?

Really depends: Are you talking a primary brain tumor or metastatic disease from another site. If a primary brain tumor, it depends on a few features - what grade - ie grade 2, 3, or 4, patient age, and other comorbidities. Grade 2s live about 10 years grade 3s live about 3-5 years grade 4s live if metastatic disease, survival is less than 1 year (if not shorter).

Dr. Stanley Lightfoot Dr. Lightfoot
Pathology
54 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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After being diagnosed with brain cancer, how long is the average life expectancy?

After being diagnosed with brain cancer, how long is the average life expectancy?

See belowl: It depends on whter the canceer is primary inthe brain or is a metastaic lesion. Metastasis can be treated by irradiation oor escison and cna buy up to a year in life wthil primary brain cancer is much more difficult to treat.

Dr. Jon Strasser Dr. Strasser
Radiation Oncology
17 years in practice
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Could you give me sone details about metastatic brain cancer and life expectancy?

Could you give me sone details about metastatic brain cancer and life expectancy?

Sure: Metastatic disease is tumor spread from another site (ie lung, breast, colon). This is an incurable setting and most patients die from this within 6 months to a year, even with radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. Without treatment, survival is weeks to a few months.

Dr. Stanley Lightfoot Dr. Lightfoot
Pathology
54 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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With metastatic brain cancer, how do you predict one's remaining life expectancy?

With metastatic brain cancer, how do you predict one's remaining life expectancy?

See below: Both irradiation and an operation to take out single metastasis will prologn the life for mohts to a year not only that the life will be better.

Dr. Ramin Rafie Dr. Rafie
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
14 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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Dr. Marilda Chung Dr. Chung
Pathology
32 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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What characterizes stage 4 brain cancer?

What characterizes stage 4 brain cancer?

Brain cancer: In general, Stage 4 means distant spread to other organs other than the organ where the tumor started (lung cancer that spreads to brain, would be Stage 4 Lung Cancer). There are 4 stages, so Stage 4 is the most extensive degree of spread, unfortunately. Primary brain tumors are not staged, because they rarely spread. Prognosis is based on age, location, histology, functional status, extent, etc

Dr. Jon Strasser Dr. Strasser
Radiation Oncology
17 years in practice
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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stage 4 terminal primary brain cancer?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stage 4 terminal primary brain cancer?

I assume: I assume that you are referring to a grade 4 tumor - we don't really stage brain tumors like other cancers. We classify them by grade. Grade 4 typically refers to a glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive primary brain tumor with very poor surival rates. Most patients unfortunately die from their disease within 2 years.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Will tumer come back in stage four brain cancer if it has been removed and doing radiation and kemo?

Will tumer come back in stage four brain cancer if it has been removed and doing radiation and kemo?

UNCERTAIN: Sounds like a thorough treatment program is being undertaken, and a team approach using such approaches offers the best hope for remission and future stability follow your doctors' advice, stay positive, enjoy friends and family, treat yourself well. Many with brain lesions can do well for years. Best of luck.

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How can I get over my fear of brain cancer? I'm just so scared and not wanting to try or pursue anything in life bc I don't think it will even matter

How can I get over my fear of brain cancer? I'm just so scared and not wanting to try or pursue anything in life bc I don't think it will even matter

Health fears: Having health anxiety is not uncommon, but I wonder how brain cancer has become your focus? And, how is avoiding living your life (not trying or pursuing anything) related to this? Your presence on the planet does matter, no matter how long you're here. I see that you're on some zoloft, (sertraline) and are in "behavior therapy." hoping you'll work with your therapist on these issues specifically!

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Dr. Bert Liang Dr. Liang
Neurology
years in practice
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I was told today that an acquaintance I know had a form of brain cancer that started with a G on the top of their brain. What is that? Expectancy?

I was told today that an acquaintance I know had a form of brain cancer that started with a G on the top of their brain. What is that? Expectancy?

Glioma: The most frequent type of brain tumor is a glioma, of which there are several types and grades. See other answer from your previous question regarding therapeutic options and treatment.

Dr. Jacob Behrens Dr. Behrens
Psychiatry
8 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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My mom hears voices can brain cancer cause that? Or can schizophrenia present later in life she is 68

My mom hears voices can brain cancer cause that? Or can schizophrenia present later in life she is 68

Many possibilities: There are many possibilities for such voices. A full medical work up would be recommended. Schizophrenia is less likely to occur at such an age but is a possibility and generally does occur later in women compared to men

Dr. Larry Armstrong Dr. Armstrong
Neurosurgery
23 years in practice
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
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My sister in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and they removed a large tumor on wednesday. Theyhave told her that its terminal. Is there no treatment?

My sister in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and they removed a large tumor on wednesday. Theyhave told her that its terminal. Is there no treatment?

Terminal: A stage 4 brain tumor doesn't always mean no treatment. Depending on your sister in law's condition, age, presentation like being able to care for herself, or cognitive function can all be factors affecting her survival. Ask an oncologist for chemotherapy and radiation therapy possibilities- they can increase survival time but not cure. Best of luck to her.

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Dr. Kamran Parsa Dr. Parsa
Neurosurgery
9 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Is 3 head CT scans in 4 yrs increasing my risk considerably for brain cancer?

Is 3 head CT scans in 4 yrs increasing my risk considerably for brain cancer?

No: No. Always do confirm that the hospital frequently calibrates their CT machines to keep radiation doses within state/federal requirements.

Dr. Jon Strasser Dr. Strasser
Radiation Oncology
17 years in practice
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Can anyone tell me what causes brain cancer in people?

Can anyone tell me what causes brain cancer in people?

No real answer: No on knows what really causes malignant brain tumors. There are clearly genetics which can be part of the story. There are probably also linkages to environmental exposures, etc....But not have been teased out. There's been a lot of stories about cell phone use....But that has never really been shown to be linked to tumors - we haven't seen a dramatic increase over the alst 20 years.

Dr. Roy Arnold Dr. Arnold
Internal Medicine
43 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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How common is brain cancer or Anyrisms in a 25 year old?

How common is brain cancer or Anyrisms in a 25 year old?

Low: Aneurysms occur in about 2% of population without risk factors. If you have one or more relatives with an aneurysm the risk can be as high as 9%. The chances of the aneurysm bleeding are about 6-16 per 100, 000, ergo most aneurysms never rupture. The incidence of primary brain tumors is 28/100, 000.

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Is primary brain cancer considered a pretty rare disease?

Is primary brain cancer considered a pretty rare disease?

There are: 5.7 cases/100k population. Glioblastoma is the most frequent type, and in a 2000 seer report, median survival is about 7 mos. M:f, 6;4; wht:blk, 9:1.

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Dr. Brian Hoffman Dr. Hoffman
Dentistry
10 years in practice
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
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If I use handphones too often, will it cause brain cancer?

If I use handphones too often, will it cause brain cancer?

No: Headphones will not cause brain cancer. Hearing-related injuries to your ear, possibly...Actually probably, especially if the volume is higher than the normal voice.

Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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What can a person expect when they are dying of brain cancer?

Each case varies: By location and what the tumor damages. Some, like senator ted kennedy, seemed active until days before his death, others have lost speech from time of diagnosis. Many slip into a bed-bound, unable to eat, control bodily functions and coma before death. Some are fearful, others indifferent or even unaware. Family always can use a hand dealing with brain tumor patients at home. Hospice helps a lot.

Dr. Henry Friedman
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