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What is the average life span for babies with glioblastoma tumors?

What is the average life span for babies with glioblastoma tumors?

GBM is awful: The median survival is aout 12 months. For those less than 12 months of age, it is quite rare, estiated at 2/million births. Their outcome is worse, and ability to treat compromised. Usually chemotherapy is used. I am sorry for your anguish. ...Read more

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
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Glioblastoma (Definition)

Glioblastoma is the unnatural, uninhibited overgrowth of certain supportive cells in the brain (not the nerve cells themselves). Like other cancers, this can destroy good cells, often by pressure within the space of the skull. Unfortunately, it weaves its way between good brain cells and the limits of the growth usually cannot be known with certainty. That's why surgery alone ...Read more


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Does having addison disease means a shorter life span?My endocrinologist suspects I have it because I have a pituitary tumor. Thanks.

Does having addison disease means a shorter life span?My endocrinologist suspects I have it because I have a pituitary tumor. Thanks.

Addison's disease: Addison's disease is adrenal insufficiency due to adrenal disease and not due to pitutary disease and in the latter there is no trouble handling salt balance your son is unlikely to have a pitutary tumour and addison's together there are some adrenal rumors associated with pitutary tumor but different type. ...Read more

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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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Friend just diagnosed with mixed glioblastoma... Stage 2. Surgery removed 90% tumor. What could his prognosis be like?

Friend just diagnosed with mixed glioblastoma... Stage 2. Surgery removed 90% tumor. What could his prognosis be like?

Not clear: Not certain if you mean glioma-grade 2. By definition, if you say glioblastoma (gbm), that is grade 4. There is a big difference in prognosis. Gbm have a mean survival of 14 months with maximum surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, although there are many surviving 3-4 years with newer treatments. With grade 2, the average survival is on the order of 10-12 years depending on molecular markers. ...Read more

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Glioblastoma and its a primal tumor. The va wants to operate again otherwise they will stop chemo. He's already had 1operation and the removed 80%.

Glioblastoma and its a primal tumor. The va wants to operate again otherwise they will stop chemo. He's already had 1operation and the removed 80%.

Your question is??: Gliobastoma (gbm) is a primary malignant tumor. Treatment is maximal safe removal, radiation and temodar (temozolomide). If there is recurrence, or failure of response to the radiation/chemotherapy, consider re-operation to remove more tumor. This would then be followed with a different type of chemotherapy. There are also now vaccine trials, and the use of the electric field device (now fda approved). ...Read more

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Why is the term glioblastoma used to describe all brain tumors if not all brain tumors are composed of glial?

Why is the term glioblastoma used to describe all brain tumors if not all brain tumors are composed of glial?

Not all brain tumors: ...are glioblastomas. Glioblastoma multiforme is a high grade astrocytoma (or glioma). Astrocytoma said can also be low or intermediate grade depending on how they look under the microscope and their pattern and rate of growth. There are other types of brain tumors, such as mesotheliomas, which are not glial tumors. ...Read more

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What does the grade of a glioblastoma tumor indicate?

Tumor grading: Grading of tumors is a way of "standardizing" the type of cancer, and thereby improving consistency of treatment between treating doctors/institutions. In gliomas as in other sites, a higher grade also implies a more aggressive tumor and potentially a poorer prognosis. However, some high grade tumors can be curable, whereas low grade tumors tend to linger but not respond to treatments. ...Read more

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Please explain reasons why the term glioblastoma used to describe all brain tumors if all brain tumors aren't composed of glial?

Please explain reasons why the term glioblastoma used to describe all brain tumors if all brain tumors aren't composed of glial?

It is not.: Glioblastoma is not used to refer to all brain tumors - this refers to a single very specific tumor that arises from glial cells (astrocytes) and is the highest grade of Astrocytoma. There are numerous types of primary brain cancer , all with different terminology that generally reflects cell of origin (Astrocytoma, oligodendrogliomas, medulloblastoma. Meningioma, Ependymoma, and etc) ...Read more

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My 39 yr old brother just had a 3x3x6cm tumor removed, just diag w/ glioblastoma, with chemo/radiation how long will he be with us?

My 39 yr old brother just had a 3x3x6cm tumor removed, just diag w/ glioblastoma, with chemo/radiation how long will he be with us?

Prognosis: The glioblastoma is very bad rare brain tumor. The aggressive surgery, meaning 92%to 98% taken out, plus radiation plus telozolomide can have 2 year survival rate upto 27%. Unfortunately it comes back in two years. Over all 5 year survival is around 8%. I wish your brother good health ; sympathy with you on going through difficult time. Thanks. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatments for a glioblastoma brain tumor?

Combination: I would never suggest fighting any tumor alone with alternative therapies but as combination therapy with conventional medicine; i would definitely add large quantities of food enzymes on an empty stomach with solid organic nutrition and i would add protandim to eliminate oxidative stress. Tag me in email thru my website and check protandim www.Medacpc.Com. ...Read more

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