Is it possible to resect a glioblastoma multiforme?

Generally not. Glioblastoma is a high grade glial tumor. Glial tumors do not have distinct borders because glial cells have extensive cell projections and grow in a network ,rather than with discrete borders. Surgery can be performed to remove the bulk of tumor, but it is generally not possible to remove every tumor cell. Also, the location of the tumor often limits extent of surgery. .
Not completely. Although a majority of a tumor can be resected ('gross total resection'), all microscopic tumor cannot be resected. Neurosurgeons try to remove as much as possible while trying to preserve neurologic function ('maximally safe resection'). Because tumor cannot be completely resected, patients recommended to have chemotherapy and radiation post-operatively.
Yes and no. If it is in an area that can be resected, the neurosurgeon tries to remove as much as safely possible. However, this tumor unlike others usually is difficult to completely resect. So the goal is to remove as much as possible. Radiation and chemotherapy are standard after surgery. The goal of treatment is to delay the time of recurrence. Hope this helps.

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Is it possible to completely resect a glioblastoma multiforme?

Gbm. Yes but location and neurological compromise in most cases didn't allow that. Read more...
Yes by MRI criteria. It is possible to surgically resect all of the MRI evidence of gbm. However, this is an infiltrative disease and there are satellites or "fingers" of tumor cells that are present even up to 5 cm from the edge of the MRI enhancement. That is why these are so difficult to cure. These seeds of the gbm resist the radiation and chemo and start to grow a year or two after the initial treatment. Read more...

Whats glioblastoma multiforme?

Brain tumor. This is an aggressive brain tumor that is frequently fatal. Treatment has improved over the past 5 years or so, and includes surgery radiation and chemotherapy. However, despite improvements in treatment, it remains a very difficult cancer to cure. Read more...
Glioblastoma. Glioblastoma multiforme is a very aggressive brain tumor. Treatment is generally surgery then chemo radiation therapy. Read more...

Glioblastoma multiforme, concerned?

Serious diagnosis. Glioblastoma multiforme is something that deserves aggressive attention. Although the overall prognosis for patients is poor, there are subsets of patients that have modest rates of being alive at 5 years with newer medications. Also, even newer treatments continue to be tested, including vaccines. Typically surgery is done first, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Read more...

Glioblastoma multiforme, should I be concerned?

Yes. This is a serious diagnosis. I would recommend prompt treatment with surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Although overall this diagnosis does not carry a good prognosis, some subsets of patients do better than others. Also, newer treatments continue to be investigated, including vaccine treatments. Read more...

What are the success stories of anyone surviving glioblastoma multiforme?

Bad tumor. Cerebral tumors of this type are horrible events, and surgical excision may be useful for yrs. We now have some promising medications, and some newer techniques surgically to implant meds. Yet, the best we can do is prolong life for a while. Unfortunately, there are very few success stories. More understanding and research is needed. Read more...

How common is it to survive for 3-5 years after being diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme?

Uncommon. Some patients do survive for long periods after glioblastoma but the majority have recurrences and the average survival is between 1 or 2 years. However each case is different and how any one person responds to treatment is the determining factor in each case. Read more...

My sister has been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme and she's been alive more than 3 years since. Is she doing well or does she have no time left?

Hard to tell. Sorry to hear about your sister, but it sounds like she is well into several years of survival. Gbm is an aggressive diagnosis, and many patients do not make it to the three year mark. While many families and patients want to know the "time left, " it's usually impossible to tell. We in oncology believe it's more about quality than quantity; hopefully her quality of life is ok. Best wishes. Read more...