Categorizing tumors by cell type and not the organ they grow in may alter treatment, experts say
by gidgetsmom on Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:00 AM
by puls81 on Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:00 AM
Back in 11/07 when I was originally diagnosed (GBM) it was all tumor. After two resection surgeries, chemo (temodar), and radiation, an MRI found a cyst surrounded by tumor cells. The doc said if I had another surgery to drain the cyst and debulk the tumor I could do sterostatic radiotherapy-temodar had failed. So I guess cyst's happen-doc didn't say why, seemed like he didn't really know.
Tyler dx 11/07
by jackiekay on Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:00 AM
My husband developed a large cyst after the first surgery. The doctor said it may be caused by fluid collection from dead cancer cells from the tumor dying off from chemo/rads. It was also surrounded by cancerous tissue. It was in a location that caused a lot of problems and pressure. He finally had a resection that removed both the tumor and the cyst. I think just like the tumor, the seriousness depends on the location and the problems it is causing.
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