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Dear Dr, my father had insomnia, vertigo and forgetfulness for the past two months. MRI scan reported "Enhancing complex solid mass with necrotic areas in the left frontal lobe, crossing to the right (butterfly glioma, GBM?)" The neurosurgeon has not given us a straight answer as to whether the surgery will help my father. Could you advise if the surgery will help or it's too late now?

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Mirwais

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The MRI scan does not look good. But to be sure what this is in order to make a sure decision a biopsy of the mass is needed. So some kind of biopsy is needed. If indeed a GBM (especially grade 4) the prognosis is unfortunately more or less hopeless. Please keep me posted!


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I`m a doctor of medicine and specialist in radiation therapy and medical oncology. I have a long time experience of these tumours.

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I'm a Doctor of Medicine and specialist in Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy, educated and trained in Sweden. Now retired. Background in Radiation Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Gynecological Oncology, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Cytology,Hematology and Internal Medicine. M.D. from the faculty of medicine, Royal Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Have also been an exchange student at the Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem Israel. Former medical consultant, Swedish National Board of Radiation Protection. Former Police Surgeon and Medical Examiner, Stockholm Police Department. Former Chief Medical Officer, The Royal Guards, The Royal Horse Guards and the Royal Household Brigade, Royal Swedish Army Medical Corps. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128 . I have no restrictions on the number of questions there. I also answer questions about Oncology (General Cancer), General History, Military History, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer.

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