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Hi all!
I am here for a friend, mostly. I am fighting a cancer battle myself, colon cancer, but am doing good with treatment. My questions are for my best friend of 45+ yrs. She has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The paper work says possibility of "low-grade malignancy". She is to see a neurosurgeon tomorrow, Wed. Some of the words are new and foriegn to us. Oliogodendroglioma, does anyone know what this is? I can't find it anywhere. Or maybe you could help me find it? Thanks ever so much. The prelimanary thoughts from the drs are to undergo radiation to shrink the tumor. It seems to be embedded deep in the temporal lobe. About 3x3x3.5 cm. Thanks again for help!

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I found this on a website, and it looks like you might need to ask the Dr a couple more questions on the type your friend has..
Oligodendroglial Tumors
Oligodendroglial tumors begin in the brain cells called oligodendrocytes, which provide support and nourishment for the cells that transmit nerve impulses. There are different types of oligodendroglial tumors, which are defined by how the cells look under a microscope.
Well-differentiated oligodendrogliomas are slow-growing tumors that look very much like normal cells.
Anaplastic oligodendrogliomas grow more quickly, and the cancer cells look very different from normal cells.
.I have stage 4 glioblastoma multiform.
here is that website..http://www.upmccancercenters.com/pdq_xml/cancer.cfm?id=6

If I can help please let me know.

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Thank you Tom....I'm going to that site now.

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Oligodendrogiloma, These tumors arise from oligodendrocytes, a type of supportive brain tissue. They Most frequently occur in young and middle-aged adults but are common more in men than women. The most common site is one of the cerebral lobes (50% occure in the frontal lobe and seizures are the most common initial symptoms. This tumor represents about 4% of all primary brain tumors. Pure oligodendroglimoas are rare. Mised gliomas tumors containing both oligodendrocytes and astrocytes are far more common. Oligoden-mineral deposits called calcification.
The cells of the well differentiated oligodenddrogiloma look only slightly abnormal when viewed under a microscope. It tends to be a slow growing tumor. An anaplastic (malignant) oligondendroglioma has very abnormal looking cells, and is faster growing. In rare instances
glioblastoma multiforme cells are found in these tumors.
Oligodendrogliomas might be graded on a scale of A through D or I -IV depending on the classification system used. THe grade represents the most malignant type of cell found in the tumor.
Standard treatment for accessible tumors is surgical removal of as much tumor as possible. Biopsy alone will be done to confurm the specific tumor type with inaccessible tumors. Radiation tyerapy mgiht follow. Combination chemo can be beneficial against anaplastic oligodendrogiloma. Clinical trials are available using various chemotherapies and radiation therapy. Recurrent tumors can be treated with a second surgury ratiation and chemo or biologic therapy.

More info can be obtained free of charge fromt he American Brain Tumor Asociation 2720 River Road, Suite 146 Des Plaines, IL 60018-4110
or by phone 847/827-9910

I hope this info helps. BEst wishes to both of you.


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Thank you MrsBe...VERY helpful information.

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