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.
No necessarily. A brain stem glioma refers to a tumor in this region of the brain. This glioma may be low or indolent grade or it may be a glioblastoma multiforme (gbm). These are very difficult to treat because of the location and the infiltrative nature of these tumors.

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Glioblastoma multiforme grade 4 astrocytoma, what is this?

Brain tumor. This is the highest grade primary brain tumor. Even with aggressive treatment, the majority will die from this disease within 2 years. Read more...
Nerve cell disorder. Glioblastoma is a condition where the cells in the brian, which stop dividing and migrating normally at around age 3, start dividing and migrating again. It tends to spread within the brain, but does not invade or spread to other regions as a rule. Joshua Garren, MD Medical Director Tulsa Brain Tumor Clinic www.braintumorclinic.org. Read more...

Glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer what is this?

GBM. Gbm is the most agressive type of primary brain tumor. It is of glial cell in origin. They can arise de novo, or can be from progression of a lower grade tumor. Survival beyond 2 years is extremely poor. Read more...

A family friend had brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) at 14. Was cured and is now 35 and perfectly healthy. Is this rare? Is he extremely lucky?

Yes, rare to survive. Your friend had the advantage of age (at 14, quite young, & so the brain still had "plasticity"). Most patients w/ Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM, or Astrocytoma Grade IV) don't survive more than 1 yr. Less than 1 in 50 (more like 1 in 1000) live past 5 years even with surgery & treatment. Of course, it depends on the size of the tumor & where it's located, but consider ur friend very lucky. Congrat. Read more...
Surprising. Don't challenge him on this, and don't argue. This is so uncommon that I'd consider the original diagnosis to be in serious doubt, or some other error introduced into the story for some reason. I've been in medicine for a long time, investigated a few remarkable claims and was disappointed, and know how hard it is to get an accurate history. Just tell him you're glad he is better. Read more...
Extremely. Overall, it is extremely rare to survive greater than 5 years with a confirmed diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme. It raises the question of whether the original pathology was correct. Read more...