Q & A with Dr. Zeltzer
Hello and welcome to the Q & A section of the website. This is the "Interactive Area" where you can ask questions about specific sections in the book. I discuss/ answer common issues that people are having. What I write here actually depends on what you guys email me, so please - feel free to submit your emails and questions. I'll post new questions and answers every week or so.

what is the rate of surviver rate of a brain tumer?

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I had a GBM tumor. I received surgery at Loma Linda on Aug. 2, 2007. Not all of the tumor was removed. I have not received treatment as of yet. Does this seem too long or is it the normal time line? Thank You - Denise

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I currently have 3 small brain tumors...what symptoms can I use to identify them?

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For a 68 year old woman in good health recently diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme and with no removal of the tumor (except for a biopsy) and about ready to start treatment, is it best to combine radioactive treatment with Temozolomide? Should Vorinostat be given at the same time?

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My husband was diagnosed 9 months ago with AA(characteristically behaving as stage 4...but limited tumor sampling). With 7 weeks chemo and radiation at MD Anderson his tumor shrank in half. He has been/is on 5day Temodar maintenance schedule for 6 months with plans to continue as long as possible. Dr's continue to tell us the tumor will return. We want to plan ahead finding information about clinical trails. What are the most promising clinical trials in your opinion. I appreciate your expertise in this area. Regards,J

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do all people die when they have brian tumor

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Have you seen any research with using the supplements glyconutrients on people diagnosed with oligodendrogliomas?

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My husband was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma Stage 3(characteristically behaving as stage 4...they had a limited biopsy sampling) on Aug 28, 2006. He is currently undergoing standard radiation and Temodar treatment(3 weeks into 6 week treatment). We find conflicting info about nutritional suppliments that may serve to protect his healthy cells but have stopped suppliments during this time. What is your opinion on use of vitamins during treatment...and do you have reliable resources/studies that we can refer to? Many thanks for your insights.

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I tried to purchase individual chapters. I selected 7 chapters and still could not get a price that would allow me to purchase the chapters. I am seeking information to try and help my mother. Please e-mail me and let me know what I need to do to pay and access this information. Thanks. laddylizz@yahoo.com

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Hello Dr. Zeltzer. I have been trying to locate a copy of your book for immediate delivery. My mother has been diagnosed with a GBM on the right side, imbedded in her brain about the size of a baseball. I am being told that they cannot use cheomo or radiation. If she goes for surgery, she will be paralyzed on her right side and may lose her ability to speak. My mom is 80 years with no history of cancer. I am seeking alternative solutions to heal or extend her life. Does your book provide alternative solutions?

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My 10 yr.-old nephew was diagnosed with an Ependymoma when he was 6, and was given surgery and radiation. It recurred in Jan. of 2005, was again surgically removed, and radioactive seeds implanted. In Nov. of 2005, he was discovered to have cancer in his lung pleura and in lymph nodes on his neck. It is supposed to be very rare to have the ependymoma spread, but in his case, it appears to have happened. He received 12 wks. of chemotherapy at Children's Hospital in Seattle, and is now getting radiation to his chest and neck. I have been searching for new treatment options, and was very interested to recently learn about P1-101 being studied at UCSF. However, I find it very difficult to obtain information about brain tumors that have metastisized to other areas, and I've been told that some of the clinical trials for new treatments would not be open for him. I know he is in a very bad situation; but might any drugs like P1-101 be suitable for him? Thank you very much for any information you can share with me.

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what are the symtoms of a brain tumor

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how do I get a coupon for "Finding the Ark?" I am treated for Anaplastic Astro. since 1/01. I am interested in long term effects of my treatments, although I am stable for some time now. I can relate to many side effects described in chapter summaries. Ofcourse, I am interested in how to deal w/those sode effects. Thank you. Sue Goulden, 732-446-0097. Is there somewhere, where my experience can be used for research/outcomes?

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“If my oligodendroglioma tumor responded to chemotherapy (Temodar or PCV combination) and I have no evidence of tumor on the follow-up MRI scans, do I need radiation therapy?”

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