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WHO Grade III Astrocytomas

These are otherwise known as anaplastic or malignant astrocytomas.  They are infiltrative in nature, and carry a relatively poor prognosis.  Earlier age at time of first diagnosis, significant extent of tumour removal, good overall health condition, and systematic follow-up and compliance of postoperative treatment are critical important for a more favourable prognosis.

Treatment:  whenever possible, surgical removal is the treatment of choice.  Radiation is usually advised following surgery.  Chemotherapy is usually indicated in tumour recurrence and further malignant change.

Prognosis:  the time to recurrence is very variable and can range from about three months to two and a half years.  Life expectancy following re-surgery for recurrence can extend up to about one and a half years to two years.

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