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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. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How common is brain cancer to any particular group of people?

How common is brain cancer to any particular group of people?

Ave: 6.5 per 100, 000: Incidence of brain cancer for all races is different between men and women - 7.7 per 100, 000 men and 5.4 per 100, 000 women.

Caucasians have the highest rate (8.4 per 100, 000 men), while pacific islanders the lowest (3.1 per 100, 000 women). ...Read more

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Help me out I'm scared I might have brain cancer. What tests should I have done?

Help me out I'm scared I might have brain cancer. What tests should I have done?

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

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Could a cell phone give you brain cancer?

Could a cell phone give you brain cancer?

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

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Can using earphones all day cause brain cancer?

Can using earphones all day cause brain cancer?

No: If you're talking about loud volume from using earphones, no known connection between loud noises and brain cancer. There is a possible connection to development of an acoustic neuroma. ...Read more

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What is the most common brain cancer in children?

What is the most common brain cancer in children?

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

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What are some possible symptoms of brain cancer in teens?

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

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Can brain cancer originate anywhere in the brain? Help please?

Can brain cancer originate anywhere in the brain? Help please?

Yes it can: Brain cancer can be originated anywhere in the brain - i.e. primary brain cancer. It can be originated from other cancer that is located outside the brain- secondary brain cancer- which is more common than primary brain cancer. ...Read more

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What are the shots they give you in your head for brain cancer?

What are the shots they give you in your head for brain cancer?

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

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Could you tell me what are some brain cancer or tumor symptoms?

Good question: Symptoms can be varied depending on location, size and tumor. Tumors in the posterior fossa can cause balance, nausea, vomitting, headaches. Tumors in the supratentorial area can cause weakness, seizures, speech, word finding, sensory loss etc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a question concerning hope for a person with brain cancer.?

?: 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

Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. Also ...Read more