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Doctor insights on: Stage 4 Inoperable Brain Tumor Life Expectancy

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Can anyone tell me does radiation or chemo actually offer a decent quality of life for the limited life expectancy of a stage 4 glioma brain tumor?

Can anyone tell me does radiation or chemo actually offer a decent quality of life for the limited life expectancy of a stage 4 glioma brain tumor?

Yes: For many patients (not all) surgery, then radiation with chemotherapy, and "maintenance" chemotherapy can give a good quality of life for a period of time for patients with grade IV astrocytomas. Half of all patients with current best therapy for these tumors live over a year, and most of that time should be reasonably good quality unless the tumor has caused irreversible neurological deficits. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Is it possible stage 4 brain tumor and neuro test (reflex vision hearing sensation etc) good?

Is it possible stage 4 brain tumor and neuro test (reflex vision hearing sensation etc) good?

Yes, but not likely: Sometimes, the tumor may still not interfere with neurological function if slow growing, but they are more likely to present with symptoms like headache, personality change, or dementa, at least. There are no systemic features of malignancy, but there is mass effect on imaging and hemorrhage into the tumor can occur, giving stroke-like onset. A gait problem is a big sign. See your dr. For more. ...Read more

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I have an inoperable brain tumor; radiation did not help? . Don't know what my options are anymore

I have an inoperable brain tumor; radiation did not help? . Don't know what my options are anymore

More info: What specific kind of brain tumor? Was it a glioblastoma? Did you see a medical oncologist? Some chemotherapy drugs may give you some quality of life if the tumor is sensitive to them. An experimental study may be of great interest to you, depending on what kind of brain tumor you have.

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How big does a brain tumor have to be for a doctor to decide that it is inoperable?

How big does a brain tumor have to be for a doctor to decide that it is inoperable?

Depends: It really depends on multiple factors, especially type of tumor and location. ...Read more

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Dad, Oscar, was told stage 4 lung cancer 2.5 wks ago. 1/3 sz brain tumor removed. 3 brain lesions. In bones&pos liver. Would u cyperknife brain tomorrow?

Dad, Oscar, was told stage 4 lung cancer 2.5 wks ago. 1/3 sz brain tumor removed. 3 brain lesions. In bones&pos liver. Would u cyperknife brain tomorrow?

It depends: If you are 76, your Dad must be late 80s or early 90s. At such an advanced age it may not be worth being so aggressive with terminal cancer that at such advanced stage means he has only few weeks to few months left. However, if his desire is to be aggressive, Cyberknife is an effective an low risk procedure and I would recommend it highly. Otherwise, hospice care is very appropriate. ...Read more

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When it comes to inoperable brain tumors, has any research been done on using micro dots of snake or spider venom to kill the tumor?

When it comes to inoperable brain tumors, has any research been done on using micro dots of snake or spider venom to kill the tumor?

Cruel fraud: Scorpion and spider venom have been investigated for drug delivery and there are some reports, but it's still preliminary research. Anyone offering this to you is offering a remedy that is untested and almost certain not to work. Don't spend too much money on it. Having a brain tumor is brutal enough without some huckster taking advantage of your desperation. ...Read more

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Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

In general...: Stage 4 colon cancer patients have only a 5% 2 yr survival rate. There's no way to better define an individual's life expectancy. Good luck to all involved. ...Read more

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Causes of headache and light headedness weird feeling for two days? I'm scared of brain tumor. I had a clear MRI and CT four months ago though am I ok

Causes of headache and light headedness weird feeling for two days? I'm scared of brain tumor. I had a clear MRI and CT four months ago though am I ok

Sudafed: Headache lightheaded and weird felling in your head and you take sudafed? It could be from sinusitis or the sudafed itself. Other possibilities include hypoglycemia, elevated BP or even low BP. It's unlikely with a negative CT or MRI four months ago you would have developed a brain mass of sufficient size to cause these symptoms (unless you hit your head hard enough to cause a slow bleed.). ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of cerebellum stage 4 tumor?

What is the life expectancy of cerebellum stage 4 tumor?

Depends: Primary brain cancers aren't staged i-iv so you may be talking about a cancer from somewhere else that spread to the brain. Would also depend on how extensive the tumor is in the brain, if the primary cancer has been controlled, and if there are other sites where the cancer had spread. ...Read more

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Talked to 2 different docs & they said since I've had 3ct of the brain n 1yr that I'm at high risk 4 brain tumor later n life I'm 21 why they say this?

Talked to 2 different docs & they said since I've had 3ct of the brain n 1yr that I'm at high risk 4 brain tumor later n life I'm 21 why they say this?

I doubt it: The radiation from a ct scan isn't much compared with the natural background radiation. If there's a slightly increased risk, it's far from "high". This is probably a misunderstanding. ...Read more

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Can the life span of a person who has a brain tumor cancer be measured?

Can the life span of a person who has a brain tumor cancer be measured?

Yes: Average survival rates can can be given for the most common forms of brain tumors, but they are averages and some people survive longer and some shorter. ...Read more

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How often is a benign "meningioma" brain tumor life threatening? (please give straight forward answers) I really don't need useless information now.

How often is a benign "meningioma" brain tumor life threatening? (please give straight forward answers) I really don't need useless information now.

Meningioma: The tumor becomes life threa, tening when it impinges on the breathing center of the brain. Likewise, it impinges on the crnial nerves and major blood vessels. ...Read more

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What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

Need more info: I will answer for children as they get wilm's tumor. There are many types of brain tumors; some are very low risk while others are almost impossible to cure. Most wilm's tumors, especially those within"favorable histology" have a very good prognosis; more aggressive types that are spread throughout the body when diagnosed are much more threatening. ...Read more

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An acquaintance I know just had surgery to remove a brain tumor. They are now in chemo for a few weeks. What does this mean? Will it affect their life

An acquaintance I know just had surgery to remove a brain tumor. They are now in chemo for a few weeks. What does this mean? Will it affect their life

Significant event: Depending on the type of brain tumor, the need for chemotherapy and/or other treatments (e.g. radiotherapy) is a significant therapeutic intervention. Most likely there will be the requirement to be cared for by a team of doctors, from neuro-oncology, to neurosurgery, and radiation oncology. Regular evaluations including clinic visits and imaging will be needed. ...Read more

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I am 24 and found out a year ago I had a brain tumor which has been resected could I have had this the majority of my life?

I am 24 and found out a year ago I had a brain tumor which has been resected could I have had this the majority of my life?

Possible: You are very young and therefore may have had the tumor for some time. Different brain tumors grow at different speeds. A low grade tumor is more likely to have been there longer. Check with your doctor about the details of the tumor. This not only can answer your question but quide you on how likely it is to be controlled. ...Read more

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Can having a brain tumor during childhood cause a mental disorder later on in life?

Can having a brain tumor during childhood cause a mental disorder later on in life?

Possibly: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I've gotten epilepsy all ur life, then developed a stage 3 astrocytoma brain tumor recently, how will the epilepsy affect the brain tumor and visa vera?

I've gotten epilepsy all ur life, then developed a stage 3 astrocytoma brain tumor recently, how will the epilepsy affect the brain tumor and visa vera?

Complex: The epilepsy won't affect the tumor, indeed it may be a result of the tumor. Removing the tumor surgically and following with radiation and/or chemotherapy will help with seizure control. Some anti-seizure medications interfere with some chemotherapy, so your doctors will have to adjust what they give you to avoid problems with that. ...Read more

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Scared that I may have a brain tumor as I have been lightheaded for about 4-5 months....but everyone saids I would have worse symptoms by now?

Scared that I may have a brain tumor as I have been lightheaded for about 4-5 months....but everyone saids I would have worse symptoms by now?

Lightheaded: There are many causes of feeling lightheaded. A brain tumor is possible but very unlikely. See your doctor. Much more likely you have an issue with your glucose level or blood pressure. ...Read more

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Could you advise what alternative treatments are there for a grade 4 glioblastoma brain tumor?

Could you advise what alternative treatments are there for a grade 4 glioblastoma brain tumor?

Many but not good: There are many proposed so called alternative treatments for brain tumors and not one has been shown to help a patient in any convincing fashion. If you have a brain tumor you absolutely should work with a physician (s) experienced in the treatment of these tumors. Furthermore, although some alternative treatments are harmless, some are not--and their use should also be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it sign of a brain tumor if your the only one that can smell burning rubber in your family of 4 need answers asap?

Is it sign of a brain tumor if your the only one that can smell burning rubber in your family of 4 need answers asap?

More information: Gershwin's brain tumor announed itself as his smelling burning rubber, but there actually is rubber burning, or some other bad smell, and your nose is more sensitive than the next person's, and you have nothing else to suggest that you are ill, I would not suspect a brain tumor. Can you clarify? Thanks. ...Read more

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I get sudden localized headache sometimes in right upper part of head and sometimes left for 4 to 8 sec do I have brain tumor?

I get sudden localized headache sometimes in right upper part of head and sometimes left for 4 to 8 sec do I have brain tumor?

Very uncommon: A headache coupled with confusion, dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors. ...Read more

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My head has been hurting in one spot on the right side of my head for 4 days. Is it a brain tumor/cancer?

Probably not!: Your head has been hurting in one spot, but that is not a warning sign for brain cancer! it's much more likely a tension headache. However, since it's been there for 4 days, it's time to check in with a doctor! ...Read more

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Abnormal smell? For about 4 days I am detecting an odor that none of my family smell. Worried about brain tumor. It is a dirty ash-tray kind of smell. Old cigarette smell. Very strong. I smell it everywhere. There is no smoking in our house. No smoking f

See your doctor: This is an unusual symptom. There are brain tumors of the temporal lobe that can lead to olfactory auras or hallucinations. Patients typically describe an unusual smell (burning rubber for example) or unusual taste (ie metallic). These are a form of temporal loe seizure and can occur with brain tumors in this region. If your symptoms persist, you should have it checked out. ...Read more

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How long can you live with a brain tumor?

How long can you live with a brain tumor?

It depends,,: This depends on many factors, like your health and the type of brain tumor you might have. If the tumor is a benign one like ependymoma or a meningioma, surgical resection can bring remission or even a full cure and a normal lifespan is possible. If the tumor is malignant like a glioblastoma multiforme or even benign but in the spinal cord, prognosis can be very poor with a survival of months. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a brain tumor to appear?

How long does it take for a brain tumor to appear?

Years, often: Unfortunately, many patients don't show symptoms and get a diagnosis of a brain tumor until the tumor is quite large, and clearly has been there for many years. ...Read more

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Long can it take to discover a brain tumor if present?

Long can it take to discover a brain tumor if present?

Variable: There are silent areas of the brain. Tumors may develop in these areas and not show symptoms for years. Important regions of the brain will show symptoms immediately. The important issue is to identify symptoms as early as possible and then use the appropriate imaging method to look for a tumor. Index of suspicion must come first, then the imaging will be of more value. ...Read more

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How long canyou live with a brain tumor before knowing?

How long canyou live with a brain tumor before knowing?

Why are you worried?: It's not like the old days. I remember reading about a young man in the old, way-pre-CT-&-MRI days who had vague headaches & confusion for several months who 1 day just screamed, grabbed his head, & fell over dead. These days, with modern imaging techniques, brain tumors are almost always found before that happens. Why? Do you think you have one but are afraid to ask? Are you the worrying kind? ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are brain tumor symptoms more prominent?

Can you tell me, are brain tumor symptoms more prominent?

That depends: Brain tumors can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting. They can cause myriad other symptoms, depending on location. They can also be completely asymptomatic until they grow large enough to cause symptoms. If you are concerned, you should see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do for a friend with a brain tumor?

Is there anything I can do for a friend with a brain tumor?

Love, etc.: Listen to her. Keep her company. Love her. Not all brain tumors cause death within months (although, sadly, some do). Learn from her what her prognosis is. If she will be getting treatment which causes hair loss, you can go wig shopping with her before that happens, so she won't feel urgency about it when she loses her hair. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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