laurel (sailorhathor) wrote in little_details,
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Names/Classifications of brain tumors

I have a character, female, 23, in early 1970's America. (Providing this info incase it makes a difference.) She survived a brain tumor of the hippocampus in 1972, but it reoccurs in 1978 when she's 28 or 29. The tumor is again in the hippocampus but has now has spread into the brain stem. It's considered inoperable and most likely terminal, although they do try chemotherapy and radiation. She dies within two months of diagnosis.

What I want to know is, what would this tumor be called? Her husband is recalling the events and he mentions the medical name for the tumor. I've read through a few sites (like this one) and I still don't know where to begin. I've heard all these words before (sarcoma, blastoma, astrocytoma), but I really don't know which ones would apply to an aggressive tumor like this one. Any medical types who can help?

Search terms: "Inoperable brain tumor," "hippocampal brain tumor," and "brain stem tumor." Even if I got more specific than that, I'm not sure I'd be able to find an exact name for this kind of tumor without wading through tons of medical jargon that would fry *my* brain.
Tags: ~medicine: illnesses: cancers
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