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can a person who is in the last stage of brain tumor(Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4 Cancer) be healthy?

can they be in a condition without any sickness or getting bedridden if the doctor has specified some last date
she is very much healthy right now.....without any sickness or getting bedridden, though the doctor has specified only few days to live and the date has passed on too..its almost like a month before the deadline has been specified?IS that possible?Do they hv symptom of vomitings in their last stage?

It’s hard to know what you are asking, but it is impossible to be terminal and healthy at the same time. It is not uncommon for patients with this disease to be asymptomatic until the tumor becomes very large. Is this what you mean?

The median survival time from the time of diagnosis without any treatment is about 3 months. Whether or not this person decides on treatment they will begin to get symptoms in the weeks to come. Spend as much time together now as the most common symptoms are progressive memory, personality, or neurological deficit. Best wishes.

EDIT: It is always possible for someone to live longer than expected it isn’t unusual. Doctors can only make an educated guess, but they never know for sure. As the disease progresses you will see symptoms as explained above. Common symptoms as it progresses further include seizure, nausea and vomiting, headache, and hemiparesis. However, much depends on where the tumor is located. Be glad she feels okay now and enjoy the time you have.  (+ info)

Glioblastoma IV Brain Cancer What To Expect?

My best friend has been diagnosed with this type of tumor and I don't know how to talk to her about it. She is hoping for a cure, as we all are. I want to know what to expect and what I should do to make her more comfortable. I want to talk realistically about this with her, but she doesn't seem to want to talk about it. I just need help in trying to understand what I should expect with this type of cancer and what the life expectancy is of someone who has this and what I can do to help.

She'll need someone to just help her out after her surgery and during her radiation and chemo. That takes a lot out of you. If she's had seizures, she won't be able to drive for at least 6 months after her last seizure. So she'll need someone to drive her when her treatment sessions are all set up.

The temozolomide paragraph below me is pretty much standard for all brain tumors. A low dose is used with radiation to make the radiation more effective.  (+ info)

What is the best way to treat glioblastoma multiforme?

First off, I'm sorry if you or someone you love has a GBM. There are a lot of treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, conventional radiation and the new gamma knife.

My dad passed away last year from a GBM. He was diagnosed the day after Thanksgiving, 2004. The doctor told him he had 2, possibly 3 months to live without surgery, radiation and chemo. With treatment he might last 18 months. He died on June 4th, after undergoing surgery, chemo and radiation.

The doctor also told my dad that he was lucky in a way. He told dad that he now knew what the future held for him and to get his personal affairs in order. The doctor said that a lot of people die without having this time to mend fences and take care of business. My dad took advantage of the time remaining to him and got everything done that he wanted done before he died.

Survival for any length of time with a GBM is not likely. There are some rare cases where people do live, but they are few and far between.

There are a lot of good sites on the internet that explain the disease. You can email me if you want to talk about it.

Once again, I'm sorry. May God bless you.  (+ info)

Have any of you ever had to watch a loved one die of Glioblastoma Multiforme?

I don't know what to expect towards the end...
Don, you are the textbook example of a douchebag.
Hopefully you'll have time to mature beyond your current junior high level before one of your friends or loved ones dies a slow, painful death. (Google GBM, if you can spell it.)
Oh wait, you don't have the social skills to make friends and no one will ever love you.
Go huff some more glue.
(I apologize if I used too many big words for you...)

My father died in 1997 from this kind of tumor. Usually at the end the person is placed on a morphine pump. They are quiet, seem to sleep all the time. As death approaches, blood tends to begin to pool in the feet and extremities making them appear black. The person has a "rattle" in their breathing due to secretions building up in their lungs. Breaths are irregular and there is time in between them until finally a breath is expelled and the person does not breath in again. My dad seemed to go very quietly and peacefully. I pray the same for your loved one.  (+ info)

Why Glioblastoma Multiforme is rare in spinal cord inspite of being commonost tumor in brain?

"(GBM) is the highest grade glial tumor and most common in the astocytic line."

That is not the most common type of brain tumor.
See the table on page 19 of the second link

The most common type of brian tumor is the Meningioma with about 30% of all brain tumors followed by Glioblastoma with 20.3%.

Gliomas are tumors that arise in Glial cells.
When examining Brain Gliomas (as opposed to all brain tumors) Glioblastomas represent about 50% of all Gliomas.

About 61% of all Gliomas are found in the frontal, temporal, parietal and ocipital lobes of the brain.

The report from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the US should be able to answer most of your questions in link #2.

With kind and gentle regards

David Edge
Founder Yahoo parental support group Pediatric Brain Tumors
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Pediatricbraintumors  (+ info)

For oncologists! What would a chemotherapy schedule for Glioblastoma Multiforme look like for an adolescent?

Following surgery and 5 weeks of radiation therapy.

That would be chemotherapy. Was chemo given in combo with radiation?

I'm still crying after reading this...http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/longisland/ny-liboy0212829086jun01,0,2014505.story

See, there's my chemo brain again! I could've sworn I read treatment schedule...sometimes I see things. The most popular chemo of choice is temodar...in pill form. Kids, I'm not 100% sure but I know combo drugs have been used on children.  (+ info)

Has anyone tried oxygen therapy for glioblastoma multiforme headaches?

How was it?
I have GBM, further surgery isn't an option. The worst of my headaches mimick cluster headaches, which is why oxygen therapy was suggested to me, but was wondering if anyone else could share any firsthand experience...

If surgery is no longer an option, what harm could it do? Why not try it and see?  (+ info)

What is the best treatment for Glioblastoma Multiforme if traditional Radiation and Temodar are not working?

Ok, you can try BCNU. This is FDA approved for GBM. There are some other things that are not approved that they may try as well. Like: Camptosar, oral Etoposide, or even oral Gleevec. I don't think there is any data published about these drugs, but sometimes when there is nothing left, you just have to try. But, BCNU is definitely approved. Good luck to this patient.

I just want to comment on the answer below. I know a lot of people with GBM. Some have survived 2 years, some even longer, with treatment. I know one guy who is alive after 4 years (extremely unusual). Yes, GBM is the worst kind of brain cancer, but it's not completely worthless to try other treatment if Temodar has stopped working.  (+ info)

Is there a difference between glioblastoma and glioblastoma multiforme?

No some people just shorten it to glioblastoma or gbm. It's a grade 4 astrocytoma. The word multiforme basically refers to the many shapes this tumor takes on, spreading little appendages deep into the brain.  (+ info)

what percent of cancers are Glioblastoma Multiform?

Or you can give me the percent of cancers that are brain tumors

and then give me the percent of brain tumors are Glioblastoma Multiform

This would help me a whole lot

Let google be your friend. I learned so much after I was diagnosed.  (+ info)

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