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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer