How often should a benign tumor be checked?

2 answers | Last updated: Oct 20, 2016
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How often should a benign tumor of the frontal lobe be checked?

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Andrew Putnam, M.D. is a Palliative Care physician at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University.

It is important to be sure that the tumor is in fact benign and so at least an MRI with contrast should be done. Some tumors in the brain can be very slow growing and only appear benign. If the oncologist is sure that it is a benign tumor, then probably at the start, every 3 months would be reasonable to check the tumor. After maybe a year it might be reasonable to slowly stretch out the time allowed between check-ups. It is important to keep a close eye on things at the start and to be sure that the tumor is benign.

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Doctor logan answered...

A brian tumor in the frontal lobe is benign if it's cells are not malignant or aligned to periods of growth or spreading to other parts of the brain. The treatments are not effectively natural for normal tissue to survive without some affects. It is important to get blood and biopsy screening when a tumor is detected. The blood is used to determine if the cancer is borne in the blood stream where it could spread. Treatment usually requires chemical treatments with IVs and Radiation treatments to accompany it. The combination is difficult as nausia and sweating are profuse during Chemo-Radiation treatment.

Doctor Ben Logan