I had brain surgery in April to remove a 3+ cm tumor from my left frontal lobe of my brain. I was told it was "benign" or might as well be because the actual grade one malignancy grew so terribly slow that I would never have any problems with this. I've heard of 3 people recently who were told their tumors were benign, but "would grow back". One of these women has had a tumor removed once a year for 3 years and this time it IS determined to be malignant.
I know you haven't read my chart, but based on the law of averages, what are my chances of this time or recurrence happening to me?
Thanks for your help.
The factors affecting the local recurrence of brain metastases after surgery are as follows: cyst ,dural invasion of tumors, failure to totally remove tumors , and lack of post-surgical irradiation . Sex, age, tumor histology, tumor size, pre-surgical radiation, dose and the method of post-surgical radiation did not affect the local recurrence rate of brain metastases after surgery. To avoid early recurrences of metastatic brain tumors, the factors associated with local recurrence should be considered in providing optimal treatment of tumors by surgery.
You should consult your neurosurgeon and discuss with him.