Brain Cancer - Prognosis

What is your brain cancer prognosis?

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What is the prognosis (outcome) of treated brain cancer?

Survival of treated brain cancer varies with the cancer type, location, and overall age and general health of the patient. In general, most treatment plans seldom result in a cure. Reports of survival greater that five years (which is considered to be long-term survival) vary from less than 10% to a high of 32%, no matter what treatment plan is used; recovery from brain cancer is possible but realistically, complete recovery does not occur often. However, about 75% of children will survive longer than five years; often because of chronic diseases, the elderly have poorer outcomes except with the lowest grade tumors.

So, why use any treatment plan? Without treatment, brain cancers are usually aggressive and result in death within a short time span. Treatment plans can prolong survival and can improve the patient's quality of life for some time. Again, the patient and caregivers should discuss the prognosis when deciding on treatment plans.

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