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QUESTION: Hi Dr. My friends wife was diagnosed with an anaplastic meningioma. She has been cancer free with no growth of tumor for 28 months. She will be going for another follow up MRI next week, so we don't know if their is any recurrence as of yet. However, she went to get a mammogram and was found to have numerous amount of cyst. Doctors are performing a variety of test because they strongly believe due to her previous cancer history and how they look they believe is breast cancer, specialists are already treating it as so.....
Question: Is it possible that she can have breast cancer as a result of her diagnose of anaplastic meningioma?
If so, is this what can be expected, to get cancer on other organs in her body?
what is the prognosis now? With the anaplastic meningioma and now having a possibility of breast cancer? Is this normal to happen?
What can be her life expectancy now? She is 48 years old.
Can she make it to the 5% that survive the 5-year mark?
Please be as truthful as can be? We want to prepare ourselves.

Thank you so much.

ANSWER: I doubt very much that there is any connection between her anaplastic meningioma and what has been found in her breast. If there really is anything malignant there it is probably just a coincidence. Unfortunately it is at present impossible to predict her future with any certainty though the risks with a malignant meningioma are as you know quite big. More can not be said at the moment. Please do keep me posted!


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QUESTION: Thanks Doctor for your prompt response.

She has already beat the statistics and have surpassed the 18 month tumor recurrence. Do you believe the tumor will recur, still? What is her prognosis and life expectancy? For the anaplastic meningioma....Do you believe she can be one of the 5% that live after the 5 years?

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It is quite possible that she belongs to the lucky few but I can not promise that. That she is still alive may indicate that but again is no guarantee. Only time will tell. More I can not say.


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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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