• What causes brain tumors to be more aggressive after recurrence?

    Asked by MarktheMan on Monday, May 27, 2013

    What causes brain tumors to be more aggressive after recurrence?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Mark,
      Because of the biological make-up of the brain, the topography is rich in connective tissue that relies on itself. Once a tumor knows the landscape, it is very comfortable re-establishing the territory and can navigate easily. GBMs tend to tenticle when they return, they get hold and extend their reach to establish territory. Because the brain is more of an island than a continent, it doesnt take much to cover more of an area, Carm.

      about 4 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar
      Fusionera

      Thank you, Carm. I have always wondered about that as well, because I have been told that BTs "always" escalate in grade. I am very lucky that after 18 years and 4 recurrences mine is still the same old junk: Oligoastrocytoma Grade III.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @Fusionera,
      You are indeed lucky. I studied BT extensively so should you have any questions you know where to reach me. Continued good luck, Carm RN.

      almost 4 years ago

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