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- Question: I am 29 and had a gross total resection of a grade II Oligodendroglioma. Oncologists say that it is likely to recur, but neurosurgeons think a gross total resection can often be "curative". Who is more correct? I want to delay reccurance for as long as I can. What are my chances of this coming back 10-15 years after a gross total resection without any chemo or radiation therapy (i.e <50%, >50%, or >70%).
If a resection is feasable, that is the way to go. I would follow a complete resection with local radiation. If the tumor cannot be resected then both radiation and PCV chemotherapy would be a good option.
Arno Fried, MD, FACS
Director, Pediatric Neuroscience Institute
Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, New Jersey