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What is the survival rate of patients with brain stem gliomas?

What is the survival rate of patients with brain stem gliomas?

Poor survival rate: Brainstem gliomas are primary brain tumors that arise from the glial tissue and are usually astrocytomas (grades 1-4). Diagnosis is by mri. Rarely are these biopsied or operated upon because of their critical location in the brainstem. For the highest grade, survival is on the order of months. The lower grade may survive a couple of years. Radiation and chemotherapy do play a role in treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Definition)

Glioma is a type of cancer where there is the uncontrolled growth of the glial cells in the brain or spinal cord. This initially can cause headache, vision problems, seizures, nausea, and vomiting. ...Read more


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How long do most people survive brain stem glioma, before it kills them?

How long do most people survive brain stem glioma, before it kills them?

Variable: 'brainstem glioma' as a term covers a variety of very different tumors. The classic pediatric 'brainstem glioma' is a diffuse infiltrating high grade tumor of the pons, and it is usually fatal in less than two years from diagnosis. Some children and some adults have focal brainstem tumors, more commonly of the midbrain or medulla, and these may be surgically removable and have a long survival. ...Read more

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Is a glioblastoma multiforme the same thing as a brain stem glioma?

Is a glioblastoma multiforme the same thing as a brain stem glioma?

No GBM: Describes the cellualar and histologic characteristic; the "brain stem" describes a location. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosis with a low grade, slow growing, brain stem glioma. About 3 weeks ago my left ear starting cracking and now my jaw hurts. Is it growing?

I've been diagnosis with a low grade, slow growing, brain stem glioma. About 3 weeks ago my left ear starting cracking and now my jaw hurts. Is it growing?

Impossible to tell : You will have to undergo a repeat MRI to tell, in general your symptoms do not fit with a enlarging brain tumor but i would discuss this with your treating physician who will then determine the need for a scan. ...Read more

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My wife was diagnosed with brain stem glioma, she's having radio therapy for 20days now still can't move the right arm and leg. Can't walk ?

My wife was diagnosed  with brain stem glioma, she's having radio therapy for 20days now still can't move the right arm and leg. Can't walk ?

Brain stem infarct: Glioma in the brain stem can cause compression, producing focal neurological and motor deficit in the ipsilateral vs. contralateral side, depending on the level above versus below the the pyramidal decussation in the medulla of the brain stem. Stereotactic radiotherapy or gamma knife can produce radiation necrosis of the neuron causing brain stem infarction in some cases ...Read more

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Could you who had a benign brain stem pilocytic astrocytoma 100% removed in his teens have a full life, not shortened?

Astrocytoma: Pilocystic astrocytoma totally resected with a normal postoperative MR showing no residual tumor can have an excellent if not normal life expectancy. There are rare reported re-occurrence but this is rare. ...Read more

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Can a patient that has brain stem swelling run a high fever and will there be any long term problems from this?

Can a patient that has brain stem swelling run a high fever and will there be any long term problems from this?

Very complicated.: This is a situation which cannot be answered in a few words. There are many potential complications, infectious and otherwise, in a patient with brain swelling (which may not be limited to the brain stem). This sounds like a potentially life-threatening situation and discussing it with the patient, their doctor, or the family would be best. Hope they are better soon. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma?

What is the survival rate of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma?

3 years: The median survival for patients with a diagnosis of an anaplastic astrocytoma is 2.8 years (reference: journal of neurosurgery. 2007 apr;106(4):575-81.). The most important factor in determining the survival time period is the extent to which the tumor is removed surgically. ...Read more

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How long do patients usually stay on chemotherapy for brain cancer like glioma?

How long do patients usually stay on chemotherapy for brain cancer like glioma?

Temozolamide: Is used in lower doses as a daily oral drug during 6 weeks of radiotherapy, and then for 6 cycles afterward in a higher dose schedule. ...Read more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more