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Prognosis for oligodendroglioma

Your doctor cannot be absolutely certain about what will happen to you following a diagnosis of an oligodendroglioma. They can give you an estimate, based on your tumour type and current situation, but they may not be able to predict other factors, such as how well you might respond to treatment.

Receiving information about a brain tumour prognosis

Different people approach their prognosis in different ways.

  • Some do not want to know, because they are afraid of what they might hear and how it may affect them
  • Some just need some time to cope with their diagnosis before asking about their prognosis
  • Others may want to know from the beginning, using their prognosis to plan ahead

There is no right or wrong answer as to whether or when to receive such information. It is entirely up to you whether or when you want to speak to your doctor about your prognosis.

Brain tumour survival

Prognosis is often an ongoing process, revised at different stages in your journey. A patient who is a 5 year survivor might live as long as any other healthy person, depending on their circumstances.

It is important to remember that statistics and averages cannot tell you what will happen to you specifically. You can find a general overview of prognosis for oligodendroglioma below.

Grade two (low grade)

About 66-78% of people with a grade two oligodendroglioma survive for five years or more after diagnosis.

Grade three (anaplastic or high grade)

About 30-38% of people with this type of tumour will survive for five years or more after they are diagnosed.

Get your free brain tumour information pack

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