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  • Question: My son was 17 when he was diagnoised with a Central Neurocytoma. He is now 18. This is a benign, slow growing tumor type but they were only able to get out 20% of a very large vascular tumor. The tumor board suggested no further surgery. He has recovered fairly well from surgery two months ago. We are waiting for a second opinion on the debulking of the rest of the tumor. His tumor is wrapped around the arteries and that is why they do not want to do another surgery. Radiation therapy has been shown to help shrink these tumors but mostly everything I have read suggests getting more out. His tumor was 5 cm x 6 cm x 7 cm. What do you think life expectancy is for this type and for the amount that is left?
  • Answer:01/17/2005
    No one can EVER predict life expectancy for an individual. My suggestion is to get an expert opinion at a major brain tumor center from an experienced neurosurgeon who performs more than 50-100 tumor resections per year. You need this information before proceeding to the next step.

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