Brain Cancer GBMstage 4

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Brain Cancer GBMstage 4

by patriciaw on Wed Oct 31, 2012 08:18 PM

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Has anyone else known of the tumor traveling to another area?  When my husband was first diagnosed with this they checked to see if it started anywhere before the surgery on the brain and it was determined that was the only place.  It was no where else. 

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by jpearson472 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:28 PM

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Itis very rare for GBM to spread out of the head, but when it does it goes to the spine.  I have not heard of it going else where in the body

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by jackie342 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:54 AM

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On Oct 31, 2012 8:18 PM patriciaw wrote:

Has anyone else known of the tumor traveling to another area?  When my husband was first diagnosed with this they checked to see if it started anywhere before the surgery on the brain and it was determined that was the only place.  It was no where else. 

Hi, My husband was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiform IV in April of this month. Normally after surgery they do lab tests to figure out what type. Glios as said before can re-grow in the brain or can also move to the spine, but cannot move to other parts of the body. There are other types of tumors that grow in the brain but that is not the primary source of the cancer. I do not know how long you have been in this struggle, but you may want to research this type of cancer and it will give you many of the answers to the questions you may have. And when you go to the oncologist or radiologist  ask questions!!!! until you get answers that you understand. This was a new battle for all here at one time ,whether care-giver or patient and there are alot of people with good suggestions. Try to remain positive and when you research do not get caught up in the satistics that are given for life span, no one knows that. Just make everyday count and get help. The treatment span can be over whelming.

Wishing you and your husband the best in this struggle.

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by siblingof on Thu Nov 01, 2012 02:51 PM

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Hi Patricia. My guess is it was the other way 'round. They were checking to see if the glioblastoma was a secondary development of some other, undetected cancer. Other cancers can metastasize into brain cancers, but, as the other poster said, glioblastoma only ever metastasizes to the spine, and that happens in only 3% of cases.

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by siblingof on Thu Nov 01, 2012 03:26 PM

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Someone sent me a private reply on this thread. Unfortunately I can't read private replies due to the way the CancerCompass site interfaces with my system. Glitches. Sorry!
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