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Stage 4 Brain Cancer Life Expectancy
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
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). ...Read more
Seems exceedingly: Unlikley.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My mom hears voices can brain cancer cause that? Or can schizophrenia present later in life she is 68
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. ...Read more
No: No. Always do confirm that the hospital frequently calibrates their CT machines to keep radiation doses within state/federal requirements. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: Depends on your symptoms. You should start with a thorough history and physical by a qualified, trusted health care professional. If he/she is concerned enough because of something in your exam or your history, an MRI is the best overall test to rule out a brain tumor, but may not be necessary in your case. ...Read more
I say no: Anyone who's scientifically literate will recognize that this ongoing business is fueled by politicians and fearmongers. The statistics seem nothing more than the usual junk that's generated by retrospective studies (people's beliefs color their memories), the radiation isn't the kind that damages genes, and in the big study more cancers were on the opposite side. ...Read more
Glioma: Gliomas make up 75% of childhood brain cancer. Three main types: astrocytomas (often in the cerebellum and usually curable with surgery), malignant gliomas (glioblastoma and anaplastic astrocytoma), and ependymomas. Another 15% of brain cancers in children are medulloblastomas - these occur almost exclusively in children, and are more invasive and difficult to treat. ...Read more
Many possibilities: I am very reluctant to suggest a list of symptoms that are associated with any disease, including a brain tumor. Although the use of warning symptoms and signs has its place in medicine, it is not a very helpful approach for brain tumors--since so many of the symptoms are more commonly associated with other causes. I would suggest you discuss any specific concerns with your teenager's doctor. ...Read more
Probably chemo.: Sometimes a device is surgically placed into the brain that allows us to inject chemotherapy. We inject into a reservoir that is under the scalp. It looks like we are giving a shot in the head, but actually the medicine is going through a tube into the fluid inside the brain. This is usually a type of chemotherapy or sometimes a steroid. ...Read more
?: You are asking a question about asking a question? Why don't you ask the question and see if any of the docs here can answer it? We may not be able without all the info but we can give it a try. Also, the doctor treating the patient would be best prepared to answer questions about it, assuming it is OK with the patient. ...Read more
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