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What Is The Average Life Span For Babies With Glioblastoma Tumors
Just heard back the acquaintance I know has glioblastoma. said tumor was surgically completely removed. doing radiation and chemo. life expectancy?
It is a bad cancer: The average survival is between 1 to 2 years. A few lucky ones survive 5 years. Make sure he has a good modern oncologist taking care of him/her. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer