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Unde r  s t and i n g  A n a p l as t i c  As t r ocy t o man d I t s D i f f e r en t G r ades o f Ca t ego r  i z a t i on Wha t i sAnap l as t i cAs t r ocy t oma? Anaplast ic astrocy toma is a kind of brain tumor or cancer that is known to commonly affect brain cells known as astrocytes. The cells are widely defined by their shape which is usually star  shaped and also known as the supportive tissues of the brain. These cells collectively go by the name glial cells while forming a tissue known as glial tissue.  An ap las tic A stro cytom a is g en er al ly gr ou pe d in to f ou r g ra de s de pe nd in g o n h ow fa st the can cer ous cells spread to other tissues. Anaplastic astrocytoma tends to be more prevalent in men than women and usually affects cerebral hemispheres of the brain in adults, but in kids it manifests itself mostly in the brain stem. Infiltrating anaplastic astrocytoma is known to grow faster and spread widely as compared to the non infiltrating anaplastic astrocytoma, but the non infiltrating form is the one that is mostly common in people. It is known to a have a wide range of symptoms depending on the person who is affected with it, but the most common types of symptoms in many people include the changes in personality and mental status. Some people tend to have eyesight issues which can sometimes lead to double vision. Mild headaches are also widely known to accompany this array of symptoms. Th e G r a de s Grade I Anaplastic Astrocytoma is a non infiltrating form of anaplastic astrocytoma, thus rare to be found in many people. The most common of this grade 1 is known as pilocytic astrocytoma also known as juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. This kind of tumor is known to grow slowly; it has the ability of becoming large thus destroying one’s brain completely leading to severe Brain damage. Piloctic anap last ic astrocy toma m ainly occurs in the cerebellum cerebrum and optic nerv e syst em of the br ain. T his form of anap last ic astrocy toma is m ore prevalent in kids and teens accounting up to 2% of all possible brain tumors. Grade II form of the anaplastic astrocytoma is in the category of the infiltrating types of brain tumors thus commonly found in many people. This kind of  tumor tends to grow in a slow pattern but tends to have no clear pattern borders. It is not mostly found in kids and teens as grade I is, but highly prevalent between in adults within the ages of 20 and 40. Grade III form of anaplastic astrocytoma is widely considered malignant due to its ability to grow faster and affect other close brain tissues. This form of  anaplastic astrocytoma can be highly dangerous if not detected early as it can lead to severe brain impairment due to its vast growth. Grade III anaplastic astrocytoma is more common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50 and usually known to account up to 4% of brain tumors affecting different people. Grade IV form of anaplastic astrocytoma is the most dangerous grade of this kind of brain tumor as it tends to be more aggressive. This kind of anaplastic astrocytoma is also known as glioblastoma multiforme due to its wide appearance under the microscope. This form of anaplastic astrocytoma is mostly common in people in the age brackets of 50 and 80 and accounts up to 23% of all primary brain tumors. The Treatments for Anaplastic astrocytoma Cancer Today Magazine www.CancerTodayMag.org Read about new cancer treatment option, side effects and more. living with cancer cancercenter.com chat with an oncology info expert online now. learn your options. Cancer Treatments www.ormc.org Let ORMC Help You Determine The Best Medical Treatment. Get Info.  converted by Web2PDFConvert.com

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    UnderstandingAnaplasticAstrocytomaandItsDifferentGradesofCategorization

    WhatisAnaplasticAstrocytoma?Anaplastic astrocytoma is a kind of brain tumor or cancer that is known to commonly affect brain

    cells known as astrocytes. The cells are widely defined by their shape which is usually star

    shaped and also known as the supportive tissues of the brain.

    These cells collectively go by the name glial cells while forming a tissue known as glial tissue.

    Anaplastic Astrocytoma is generally grouped into four grades depending on how fast the cancerous

    cells spread to other tissues.

    Anaplastic astrocytoma tends to be more prevalent in men than women and usually affects

    cerebral hemispheres of the brain in adults, but in kids it manifests itself mostly in the brain stem.

    Infiltrating anaplastic astrocytoma is known to grow

    faster and spread widely as compared to the non infiltrating anaplastic astrocytoma, but the non infiltrating form

    is the one that is mostly common in people.

    It is known to a have a wide range of symptoms depending on the person who is affected with it, but the most

    common types of symptoms in many people include the changes in personality and mental status.

    Some people tend to have eyesight issues which can sometimes lead to double vision. Mild headaches are

    also widely known to accompany this array of symptoms.

    TheGrades

    Grade I Anaplastic Astrocytoma is a non infiltrating form of anaplastic astrocytoma, thus rare to be found in many people. The most common of this grade 1

    is known as pilocytic astrocytoma also known as juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. This kind of tumor is known to grow slowly; it has the ability of becoming large

    thus destroying ones brain completely leading to severe Brain damage.

    Piloctic anaplastic astrocytoma mainly occurs in the cerebellum cerebrum and optic nerve system of the brain. This form of anaplastic astrocytoma is more

    prevalent in kids and teens accounting up to 2% of all possible brain tumors.

    Grade II form of the anaplastic astrocytoma is in the category of the infiltrating types of brain tumors thus commonly found in many people. This kind of

    tumor tends to grow in a slow pattern but tends to have no clear pattern borders. It is not mostly found in kids and teens as grade I is, but highly prevalent

    between in adults within the ages of 20 and 40.

    Grade III form of anaplastic astrocytoma is widely considered malignant due to its ability to grow faster and affect other close brain tissues. This form of

    anaplastic astrocytoma can be highly dangerous if not detected early as it can lead to severe brain impairment due to its vast growth. Grade III anaplastic

    astrocytoma is more common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50 and usually known to account up to 4% of brain tumors affecting different people.

    Grade IV form of anaplastic astrocytoma is the most dangerous grade of this kind of brain tumor as it tends to be more aggressive. This kind of anaplasticastrocytoma is also known as glioblastoma multiforme due to its wide appearance under the microscope. This form of anaplastic astrocytoma is mostly

    common in people in the age brackets of 50 and 80 and accounts up to 23% of all primary brain tumors.

    The Treatments for Anaplastic astrocytoma

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    Anaplastic astrocytoma is treated by neuro-oncologists and neurologists. Anticonvulsant therapy is advisable for people with severe seizures. Corticosteroids

    like dexamethasone are found to reduce and slowdown tumor growth as soon as its consumed.

    Initial and standard procedure of treatment is to remove the tumor as much as possible and as early as possible. There are no damages done to neurologic

    deficits. Severe and serious cases of anaplastic astrocytoma have large tumors with tentacles; this makes them tougher to operate and control.

    Moreover, the age of the patient, level of health, medical history, size of the tumor and the tolerance of the patient for the medications are also important while

    considering the proper treatment for this tumor. The type of treatment to be done is recommended by the doctor after a complete research of the cancer in the

    patients body.

    The standard treatments of anaplastic astrocytoma include surgery and radiation therapy. Chemotherapy during radiation therapy or after the therapy is

    also included in the standard treatments. In case, surgery cannot be done, the doctors recommend the radiation therapy along with the chemotherapy.

    The main aim of these treatments is to remove the tumor without causing any side effects to the neurologic deficits. After the removal of the tumor by surgery,

    radiation therapy is useful in controlling the growth of the tumor cells. The more the tumor is controlled results in more chances of survival of the patient.

    In case of recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma, treatment by temozolomide drug can be effective. The drug is introduced into the bloodstream in the patients

    body. It travels along with the blood to kill the cancer cells. In Chemotherapy, the patients are given pills to swallow, or injections into the fat tissues of the

    body. Intravenous therapy includes the infusion of the medicated liquid directly into the veins. Medicated liquids are also introduced into the spinal column of

    the patients body using a needle.

    Managing the Side Effects for Anaplastic Astrocytoma

    After the treatment of anaplastic astrocytoma various side effects can arise in the patients body. The surgery treatment can result in neurologic deficits. Some

    patients can suffer from inflammation after the radiation therapy. Chemotherapy may result in side effects like headache, fatigue, constipation and diarrhea.

    These common health issues can be further cured by the medications or treatments like acupressure, aroma therapies, herbal treatments and massage

    therapies. These treatments show results slowly, however, are known to give the best results. In some cases, these treatments can continue for 3 to 6 months.

    Also, there are no side effects for these natural therapies.

    Survival Rate of Anaplastic Astrocytoma

    After all the treatments are done; the question arises about the survival chances of the patients. It is rarely found that the tumor in the case of anaplastic

    astrocytoma has been completely removed. Generally, the chance of survival even after the treatments are done is 5-years. The life of the patient depends upon

    the percentage of tumor removed from the patients brain.

    After knowing the facts of treatments of anaplastic astrocytoma, one would surely be hopeful in going for the treatments for the survival. Life always gives us

    chance and it is always good to take 100% benefit of those chances and treatments, isnt it?

    It is our life and we all wish to live it forever. Be hopeful and pray all the time so that your treatments ofanaplastic astrocytoma can be successful.

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