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Astrocytoma prognosis

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Short summary

Astrocytoma prognosis is a doctor or medical team predicting the outcome of your astrocytoma diagnosis. But, it is important to remember that everyone is different. So, while your prognosis will be based on your tumour type and grade, your medical team might not be able to predict exactly how you will respond to treatment.

Here we discuss astrocytoma prognosis based on the different grades of astrocytoma. But, these are based on averages and should be used as a guide only.

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About astrocytoma

Astrocytomas are a type of brain tumour. They actually fall under gliomas – a larger group of brain tumours.

They are a common type of primary brain tumour. This means the tumour starts in the brain instead of spreading from somewhere else in the body.

Astrocytomas can be either low grade or high grade. They cover the whole grading spectrum, meaning they can be either grade 1, grade 2, grade 3 or grade 4.

What is a prognosis

A prognosis is when your doctor gives you a forecast of the likely outcome of your medical condition.

Your doctor cannot be absolutely certain about what will happen to you following a brain tumour diagnosis. They can give you an estimate, based on your tumour type and current situation. But they might not be able to predict other things, like how well you might respond to treatment.

This is why prognosis is often an ongoing process, looked at and sometimes changed at different stages of your journey.

Cancer Research UK have some information about the things that can affect brain tumour survival.

Astrocytoma prognosis

Below are the average prognoses for the different stages of astrocytoma. These relate to children and adults.

It is important to remember that statistics and averages cannot tell you what will happen to you specifically.

Astrocytoma (Grade 1 and 2) child survival rates

Almost 90% of children survive for 5 years or more after surgery.

Grade 1 and 2 adult survival rates

The average survival time after surgery is 6 – 8 years. More than 40% of people live more than 10 years.

Grade 3 adult survival rates

About 27% of people diagnosed with a high grade astrocytoma live for five years or more.

Grade 4 adult survival rates

The average survival time for a grade 4 astrocytoma is 12-18 months. Sadly, only 25% of people with a grade 4 astrocytoma survive more than one year, and only 5% survive more than five years.

The figures for astrocytoma survival are given in 1, 2, 5 and 10 year intervals because doctors use these intervals for research/measuring purposes. They are not meant to represent how long a person will past those intervals. For example, a person who is a 5 year survivor might live as long as any other healthy person, depending on their circumstances.

Receiving information about an astrocytoma prognosis

Different people approach their prognosis in different ways.

  • Some are scared of what they might hear, so don’t want to know
  • Some want a little time to get to terms with their diagnosis before getting their prognosis
  • Others might want to know right from the beginning

There is no right or wrong answer to how or when you receive the news. It’s entirely up to you when, or even if, you want to speak to your doctor about your prognosis.

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