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How long does it take for a stage 3 brain tumor to become stage 4?

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How long does it take for a stage 3 brain tumor to become stage 4?

Postby gwynfor » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:26 am

I just found out I have a stage 3 brain tumor. I had surgery and everything is going okay so far. I am starting radiation and chemo hopefully this month. My question is The doctors said that it would come back. I had a a stage 2 tumor in 97. How long should it take to become a stage 4 tumor? Since it seems they always come back stronger then before. thanks for any help you can give me.
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Postby errol » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:32 am

Since it took 15 years for the cancer to go from stage 2 to stage 3, its not a fast growing cancer. I'm not sure anyone but your oncologist could come up with an accurate prediction of when it will advance. I would guess that it won't advance any time soon, and maybe not at all if the treatments work.
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Postby walt » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:42 am

If it was completely removed, it won't become a stage 4. Stage 4 cancer is the stage at which it has spread from the original organ into other parts of the body, or metasticized. If it returns, it will not be the same tumor. A good reference for you to see is cancer.gov. It's the website for the American Cancer Society, and it lists all types of cancer, all treatments, and the prognosis for each. You need to find out exactly what type of cancer it was (there are many types, sometimes many different kinds for each organ), and research that one.
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Postby berthold100 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:44 am

What sort of tumour is it? Each sort has a name.
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Postby mariel » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:57 am

No one here can answer this question.
We don't know your history. You haven't even given us your age !
Your doctors who know you might guess,
but they won't know for sure.
You have asked an impossible question.
Every person and tumor is different
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Postby arend » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:01 am

It is hard for me to understand how ANYONE who has had a brain tumor does not know they are not staged.
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