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    Before you start to search for the best brain tumor treatment, find out whether your doctor's treatment plan is the best standard treatment. There are at least two ways to do it: check whether your doctor's plan follows the national comprehensive cancer network's guidelines; or send your brain tumor treatment plan to elite hospital/ doctors and let them give your second opinion.

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    Is Your Brain Tumor Treatment the Best, Up-to-Date? Guidelines for Diagnosis, Treatments, Supportive Care, by Top Experts, for Doctors, Updated Annually or Whenever Needed. nccn.org

    Unless you are fully cured, cancer may come back or it is too advanced to be treated. Standard brain tumor treatment is limited in dealing with these situations. Most of cancer patients need to actively search for better treatment to prevent recurrence, or for advanced stage.

    If your brain tumor is treated appropriately by your doctor, the survival rate for patients is as following:

Brain Tumor Type: Survival Rate:
    Cerebellar astrocytoma:     38 to 94% cure rate; depend on type
    Medulloblastoma:     30-50% disease free in 10 years
    Ependymoma     5 year survival rate: overall 30%; low grade 80%; high grade fatal
    Brainstem glioma:     5 year survival rate: 20-30%
    Craniopharyngioma:     favorable

    People may be confused (for a good reason): if my standard treatment can't offer a cure, is it likely that there is a better melanoma treatment? The answer is a fortunate yes for the following reasons: first, there are new emerging treatments; second, there are better treatments developed in other parts of the world and they are not yet available in US; third there are effective treatments that are not yet subjected to scientific study.

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