My brother has brain cancer :( help!

Posted , 2 users are following.


my brother was diagnosed with astrocytoma 2 months ago... last week he had 90 % of the tumor removed and is going to start radiation and chemo next week. he is 30 years old.

i dont really understand the 5 year rate thing... can he be fully healed of this forever? or will it eventually kill him 😦

thanks for your help.

0 likes, 1 reply


1 Reply

  • Posted

    The 5 year stats show the number of patients who are still alive or still disease free after 5 years since completing treatment.

    In oncology you never use the term cured as there is never 100% guarantee that cancer will never come back. That is why we have statistics instead. After 5 years you are considered in remission.

    Report Reply

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.