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Doctor insights on: Terminal Brain Cancer Stages

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What is terminal brain cancer?

What is terminal brain cancer?

Incureable: Any terminal illness is one that cannot be cured regardless of treament.

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Aresteroids for terminal brain cancer. Necessary to reduce?

Aresteroids for terminal brain cancer. Necessary to reduce?

Reduce edema!: Brain metastasis induce leaking vessels, swelling or edema that increases mass effect and symptoms. Dexamethasone is a catabolic steroid, not anabolic, reduces swelling. It also turns off the stimulus to make our own cycling corticosteroids, so it must be tapered and never discontinued abruptly. These provide comfort, reduce symptoms.

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Help doctors! What're the types of terminal brain cancer?

Help doctors! What're the types of terminal brain cancer?

GBM: Glioblastoma is the most common. Cancers that come from elsewhere and go to the brain are frequently terminal.

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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.

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How can people with terminal brain cancer die. Is it painful or will she just go to sleep.?

How can people with terminal brain cancer die. Is it painful or will she just go to sleep.?

Rarely painful: Headache can be a problem in some cases. But no severe pain. Patients just go to sleep as the tumor causes more compression of the brain inside. So it is commonly a peaceful death.

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He has already had an MRI done this is when they told him he has brain cancer and it isterminal my questio is what is terminal?

He has already had an MRI done this is when they told him he has brain cancer and it isterminal my questio is what is terminal?

Life is terminal: None of us get out alive. In this case the doctors must feel the cancer is not curable, and thus is highly likely to result in his demise. Focus on quality time, even if it may be limited.

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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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What is brain cancer?

What is brain cancer?

Usually glioma: There are dozens of different types of malignant tumors (cancers) that arise in the brain. Most often these arise from glial cells (gliomas). They can be managed for a while but are very seldom cured. "Brain cancer" can also refer to cancer from other sites that has spread to the brain.

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Can u die from brain cancer?

Can u die from brain cancer?

Sadly, YES!: Cancers of the brain, be they metastatic (from another part of the body) or primary (arising in the brain) are a frequent cause of death. Tumors like meningioma are almost always benign and are successfully treated surgically.

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Can brain cancer be treated?

Can brain cancer be treated?

Yes: Primary brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation (wbxrt or focal therapies such as gamma knife or cyberknife), and/or chemotherapies. Other cancers that have metastasized (spread) to the brain may also be treated. The prognosis and specific treatment depends on many factors and should be individualized to the patient with a multi-disciplinary team approach.

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How harmful is brain cancer?

How harmful is brain cancer?

Very: All cancers unless cured will kill the person. Brain cancers are often controllable but usually only for a time. There are a variety of subtypes and you'd do well to find out which is in question. The most common cancer in the brain is actually metastatic lung cancer. If you are dealing with this in your life, you have my sympathy. Best wishes.

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How do you treat brain cancer?

How do you treat brain cancer?

Brain cancer?: That's like asking, "How do you fix a leak? " Depends on what's leaking & where. There are different kinds of brain "cancer" all with different treatments that also depend on where in tbe brain the "cancer" is located.

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How fast can brain cancer grow?

How fast can brain cancer grow?

It depends: There are many types of brain tumors. Some grow very slowly over many years, and some grow very, very rapidly. It really depends upon the type of brain tumor.

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What are symptoms of brain cancer?

Depends on location: Importantly, realize that brain tumor does not equate brain cancer. Depending size and location of the brain cancer, various symptoms can occur. A large tumor usually creates headache, nausea or vomiting. Depending on location, it can cause many symptoms including; weakness, visual or sensory changes, aphasia (loss of speech) or seizures.

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What are the types of brain cancer?

Primary: And metastatic. Primary ranges from lethal glioblastoma to low grade oligodendroglioma. Metastatic may be very responsive to treatment. Lung, breat, melanoma, renal are common offenders, prostate rarely so.

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What are the signs of a brain cancer?

What are the signs of a brain cancer?

Brain cancer: Signs and symptoms of malignancies related to the brain, depends on the location of the tumor, size, and surrounding edema (swelling). Some may develop seizures as an initial manifestation, others demonstrate stroke like weakness if the motor strip is involved, balance or gait changes may occur in those where the tumor involves the cerebellum

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Describe the features of brain cancer.?

Describe the features of brain cancer.?

Variable: Any cancer in the brain could present with any number of symptoms including but not limited to headache, dizziness, vision problems, trouble concentrating, weakness, nausea/vomiting, and motor problems. Most importantly, it can also have no symptoms. The best exam to check for this is MRI with and w/o contrast.

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How does brain cancer affect the brain?

How does brain cancer affect the brain?

It depends: This is a difficult question to answer because it really depends on where the cancer is in the brain and how extensive it is. Different parts of the brain are responsible for different things. So for example it is possible that a brain cancer could impact someone's speech for one person but not another.

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Is primary brain cancer a rare disease?

Is primary brain cancer a rare disease?

No: Primary brain cancer- brain cancer that starts in the brain such as astrocytomas are not rare. They are diagnosed about 17, 000 times each year. The most common tumor occurring in the population over the age of 40 is glioma.

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