Hi. I am suffering from diffuse astrocytoma brain tumor, grade II. The tumor has developed in the thinking side of my brain. Doctors are saying surgery would be risky in my case as the tumor is quite deep inside.I am also being told that my survival rate is just 5 years. I want to know about the treatments available other than surgery. I have also heard about tomotherapy treatment which is an advanced version of radiation therapy. I want a complete removal of my tumor. I have even heard that most of the patients suffering from grade IV astrocytoma have got cured completely. Can anyone suggest me a complete cure?? Please let me know about tomotherapy and other treatments availabIe. I would be thankful.
You are on the patient to patient forum. There is also an expert forum where doctors post and perhaps your question is better there.
I have found this information for you:
"Improvements in neuroimaging permit the diagnosis of many low-grade astrocytomas that would not have been recognized previously. Low-grade astrocytomas are, by definition, slow growing, and patients survive much longer than those with high-grade gliomas. Proper management involves recognition, treatment of symptoms (eg, seizures), and surgery, with or without adjunctive therapy. Low-grade astrocytomas are found in both the brain and the spinal cord."
"# In a recent series, taking all patients, the 5-year survival rate ranged from 65-80%, while the 10-year survival rate varied from 20-45%. Several factors influence survival. For example, the histopathology of the tumor has a clear influence on prognosis. Patients with grade I lesions have better survival rates than those with grade II lesions. Younger age and better performance status at the time of diagnosis also have a positive influence on long-term survival.
# The type of therapy received also influences outcome. Total resection has been shown in numerous studies to be associated with better survival rates than other therapeutic modalities. This is partially due to the fact that complete resection is more easily accomplished in well-circumscribed, slower-growing tumors. However, sound oncologic principles also suggest that cytoreduction offers benefit. Radiation probably prolongs survival in patients whose tumors are resected incompletely. However, the survival advantage conferred by chemotherapy remains to be demonstrated clearly."
From what I read, surgery is the usual treatment - with a radiation follow up.
There are other factors here, size and location of tumor, your previous health etc. You may want to get a few opinions.
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