Tumor of the brain swelling
Most cancer patients and those who love them,very worried about the future. They want to know what to expect from this disease, and how the cancer will respond to treatment, and what will happen if the disease turns out to be incurable?
The forecast can affect many factors. There are different types of statistics of cancer patients and various methods for measuring and recording survival.
Five-year survival of people with a brain tumor
This term is used most often when talking about prognosis and survival:
He estimates the effect of cancer for a certainperiod - 5 years. This number represents the proportion of the population who live for another 5 years or more after the diagnosis of cancer - regardless of whether they are cured completely or whether they continue to fight the disease all the time.
But this does not mean that a person with a certainthe type of cancer can survive only 5 years, many people live longer, especially if the cancer is detected and the person has been treated at an early stage. Survival is different depending on the type of cancer.
It must be remembered that cancer survival statistics :
- is of a general nature,
- can vary significantly depending on the stage of the disease,
- is based on a large number of people with cancer and it is impossible to accurately predict what will happen to a particular person,
- is based on data that may be out of date for several years, which does not reflect the impact of recent advances in early diagnosis and new treatments,
- does not necessarily reflect the presence of other diseases and individual reactions to treatment.
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Prognosis for Brain Cancer
Cancer patients should discuss the course and prognosis with their doctor in charge. The forecast depends on many factors, in particular:
- history of human disease,
- type of cancer,
- stage of cancer,
- characteristics of cancer,
- Cancer subtype,
- the results of tissue or cells (histology),
- tumor size,
- location of cancer.
Only the doctor is the only person able to answer all these questions.
Cancer that has spread to the lymphaticnodes or has a remote location, usually causes a less favorable prognosis than a cancer that is easy to treat and its removal is not problematic.
In addition to the above, the the forecast is influenced by other factors :
- Age and sex of a person,
- general health of a person,
- the presence of other diseases,
- the presence of specific, cancer-related symptoms:
- weight loss
- edema (edema)
- Cancer characteristics:
- depth of metastasis,
- model of tumor growth,
- type of metastases (cancer spreads through the nervous, blood or lymphatic vessels),
- the presence or absence of tumor markers,
- the presence of abnormal chromosomes,
- the ability to continue their daily activities (EG).
Favorable prognostic factors maypositively affect the outcome of the disease. Unfavorable prognostic factors can have a negative impact on the result. In general, if the cancer is detected at an early stage and its treatment is immediate, the prognosis will be most favorable. But we must remember that cancer does not always respond to treatment as we would like. That is why it is impossible to accurately answer the question about how many people live with brain cancer. The forecast can also change over time. Stages of brain cancer are classified according to several generally accepted formulas, among which one of the leading classifications by type.
- Fibrillar (diffuse) astrocytoma:
- People aged 45-54 years - survival rate is approximately 43%
- People aged 55-64 years - survival rate is approximately 21%
- Anaplastic astrocytoma:
- People aged 45-54 years - survival rate is approximately 29%
- People aged 55-64 years - survival rate is approximately 10%
- People aged 45-54 years - survival rate is approximately 6%
- People aged 55-64 years - survival rate is approximately 4%
- People aged 45-54 years - survival rate is approximately 79%
- People aged 55-64 years - survival rate is approximately 64%
- Anaplastic oligodendroglioma:
- People aged 45-54 years - survival rate is approximately 55%
- People aged 55-64 years - survival rate is approximately 38%
- Ependymoma / anaplastic ependymoma
- People aged 45-54 years - survival rate is approximately 86%
- People aged 55-64 years - survival rate is approximately 85%
- People aged 45-54 years - survival rate is approximately 77%
- People aged 55-64 years - survival rate is approximately 67%
How does the brain tumor
How many people can live with a swelling in the head? Unfortunately, it is very difficult to answer this question. Everything depends directly on the type of tumor, its development, so in each case it is difficult to generalize. The brain tumor will have different symptoms depending on where it is in your brain. To learn more, discuss this with your doctor.
There are a number of features that are commonfor the majority of growing brain tumors. After the brain tumor reaches a critical size and its growth can not be slowed by treatment, the pressure inside the head rises, which causes headaches, dizziness and drowsiness.
With a brain tumor, the patient is always asleep
Initially, these symptoms can be controlled,increasing doses of steroids. But in the end, steroids will not be able to reduce swelling any further. For these cases, you need to have pain medications and medicines to control the disease. The patient becomes more and more sleepy. This often comes slowly, but close attention is paid to this. This can last quite a long time. At this stage, many people can lead a relatively normal life, although they need more sleep than they used to.
Over time, it becomes more and more difficultwake the patient. In the end, most people begin to sleep almost all the time, falling into unconsciousness. Thus, during the last days or even weeks before death, a person is unconscious and does not understand what is happening.