Brain Cancer (Neurological Cancers)
- Q How do cerebellar astrocytomas affect the body?
Cerebellar astrocytomas are characterized by abnormal changes in brain cells called astrocytes, which multiply at an unusual rate and form a mass of cells that becomes the astrocytoma. Doctors use a four-level grading system to categorize astrocytomas,... Full Answer
- Q What is the rate of incidence for cerebellar astrocytomas?
Experts estimate that approximately 37 percent of all primary brain tumors are astrocytomas, making them the most common type of primary brain tumor. A primary brain tumor is one that starts in the brain rather than spreading from elsewhere. Experts also... Full Answer
- Q What are the treatment options for cerebral astrocytomas?
The treatment options for a cerebral astrocytoma will vary depending on the size, location, and severity of the brain tumor, and may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Radiation therapy utilizes special therapeutic doses of radioactive... Full Answer
- Q Do cerebellar astrocytomas affect children differently than adults?
Astrocytomas can occur in people of all ages but are more common in children than adults. Between 15 and 25 percent of all brain tumors in children are cerebellar astrocytomas. In rare cases, an astrocytoma may be caused by a genetic disorder inherited... Full Answer
- Q What is recurrent childhood high-grade astrocytoma?
Most patients with high-grade astrocytomas or gliomas will eventually have tumor recurrence, usually within 3 years of original diagnosis but perhaps many years after initial treatment. Disease may recur at the primary tumor site, at the margin of the... Full Answer
- Q How are childhood low-grade astrocytomas treated after surgery?
Postsurgical treatment for Childhood Low-Grade Astrocytomas includes: Observation Following resection, immediate (within 48 hours of resection per Children's Oncology Group [COG] criteria) postoperative magnetic resonance imaging is obtained.... Full Answer
- Q How do I manage my cerebellar astrocytoma on a daily basis?
Until your cerebellar astrocytoma can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy, you may have to live with some disturbing symptoms on a daily basis. You might be having severe headaches, for example. If so, your doctor might be able to... Full Answer
- Q How do I care for someone with a cerebellar astrocytoma?
When caring for someone with a cerebellar astrocytoma, you will need to: keep an eye on the person's symptoms; make sure they receive effective treatment; make sure they take any medication prescribed to control their symptoms; and remain emotionally... Full Answer