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My brother is 45 who had a surgery to rmove a tumor growth just above the brain tissue and close to the forhead. Following the surgery all labs tests were assuring that the tumor was benign.

He had MRI scans for the consecutive two years and everything was ok. Early this year we notices one of his eyes had signs of swell. Following some X-rays and a visit to the specialist we found out that tumor is starting to grow back but in a different locating.

According to the specialist this a rear condition and moreover the location of the growth is also rear. But this time the growth is in the bones.

I am really shocked and confused. Why a benign is growing back (could it be that benign can become malignant of the diagnosis were wrong all together. lots and lots of unanswered questions?
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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.
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Hello Dear,

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.
Refer http://sciencelinks.jp/j-east/article/200609/000020060906A0204796.php
You should consult your neurosurgeon and discuss with him.
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