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Site navigation utilizes arrow, enter, escape, and space bar key commands. Left and right arrows move across top level links and expand / close menus in sub levels. Up and Down arrows will open main level menus and toggle through sub tier links. Enter and space open menus and escape close them as well. Tab will move on to the next part of the site rather than go through menu items. A Brain Tumor, know as an intracranial Tumor, is an abnormal mass of tissue in which cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, seemingly unchecked by mechanisms that control normal cells. More than 150 different brain tumors have been document, but two main groups of brain tumors are termed primary and metastatic. Primary brain tumors include tumors that originate from tissues of the brain or the brain's immediate surroundings. Primary tumors are categorized as glial or non - glial and benign or malignant. Metastatic Brain tumors include tumors that arise elsewhere in the body and migrate to the brain, usually through the bloodstream. Metastatic tumors are considered cancer and are malignant. Metastatic tumors to brain affect nearly one in four patients with cancer, or an estimated 150 000 people a year. Up to 40 percent of people with lung cancer will develop metastatic brain tumors. In the past, outcomes for patients diagnosed with these tumors were very poor, with typical survival rates of just several weeks. More sophisticated diagnostic tools, in addition to innovative surgical and radiation approaches, have helped survival rates expand up to years; and also allowed for improved quality of life for patients following diagnosis. Chordomas are benign, slow - growing tumors that are most prevalent in people ages 50 to 60. Their most common locations are the base of the skull and lower portion of the spine. Although these tumors are benign, they may invade adjacent bone and put pressure on nearby neural tissue. These are rare tumors, contributing to only 0. 2 percent of all primary brain tumors. Craniopharyngiomas are typically benign, but are difficult tumors to remove because of their location near critical structures deep in the brain. They usually arise from a portion of the pituitary gland, so nearly all patients will require some hormone replacement therapy. Gangliocytomas, gangliomas and anaplastic gangliogliomas are rare tumors that include neoplastic nerve cells that are relatively well - differentiate, occurring primarily in young adults. Glomus jugulare tumors are most frequently benign and typically are located just under the skull base, at top of the jugular vein. They are the most common form of glomus Tumor. However, glomus tumors, in general, contribute to only 0. 6 percent of neoplasms in the head and neck. Meningiomas are the most common benign intracranial tumors, comprising 10 to 15 percent of all brain neoplasms, although a very small percentage are malignant. These tumors originate from meninges, membrane - like structures that surround the brain and spinal cord. Pineocytomas are generally benign lesions that arise from pineal cells, occurring predominantly in adults. They are most often well - define, noninvasive, homogeneous and slow - growing.

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Overview

A brain tumor is a mass of abnormally growing cells in the brain or skull. It can be benign or malignant. Unlike other cancers, cancer arising from brain tissue rarely spread. Whether benign or malignant, all brain tumors are serious. A growing tumor eventually compresses and damages other structures in the brain. There are two categories of brain tumors: primary and secondary. Primary tumors start in brain tissue, while secondary tumors spread to the brain from another area of the body. Primary tumors are classified by tissue in which they begin:


What are the symptoms of brain cancer?

Brain tumor symptoms depend on the size and location of the tumor. They also vary from person to person. Symptoms are caused by damage the tumor does to parts of the brain, and increased pressure inside the skull. The most common symptoms of brain tumor include: headaches, nausea, weakness or loss of feeling. Symptoms can also include: Stumbling or Trouble walking Changes in vision or abnormal eye movements Changes in personality, memory, or speech Changes in alertness, from increased sleepiness to coma Uncontrollable convulsions of the body Weakness on one side of the body Trouble talking reduced field of vision Many of these may be cause by Other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer.

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Symptoms

Brain tumor symptoms are similar regardless of whether they are cancerous or noncancerous. They may differ depending on type, location in the brain, and stage of tumor. Some of the most common symptoms of brain tumor include: Headaches, Seizures, Changes in Personality Vision Problems, Memory loss, mood swings, tingling or stiffness on one side of the body, loss of balance, Nausea, fatigue, anxiety or depression, Difficulty concentrating, Difficulty communicating as usual, feeling confused or disorientated, loss of coordination muscle Weakness primary Brain tumors are tumors that begin in Brain. In the sections below, we look at several types of brain tumor and their specific symptoms:

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Risk factors

In most people with primary brain tumors, cause of the tumor is not clear. But doctors have identified some factors that may increase your risk of brain tumor. Exposure to radiation. People who have been exposed to a type of radiation called ionizing radiation have an increased risk of brain tumor. Examples of ionizing radiation include radiation therapy used to treat cancer and radiation exposure caused by atomic bombs. Family history of brain tumors. A small portion of brain tumors occur in people with family history of brain tumors or family history of genetic syndromes that increase the risk of brain tumors.


Family history

Turcot syndrome describes people who have many colon polyps and an increased risk of colorectal cancer, as well as increased risk for certain types of brain tumors. But this syndrome is actually made up of two different hereditary conditions: when linked with familial adenomatous polyposis, there is a mutation in the APC gene. In people with this gene mutation, brain tumors are typically medulloblastomas. When linked with Lynch syndrome, mutation is in one of the mismatch repair genes, such as MLH1 or PMS2. In people with one of these gene mutations, brain tumors are usually gliomas.


What is a brain tumor?

A brain tumor is the collection, or mass, of abnormal cells in your brain. Your skull, which enclose your brain, is very rigid. Any growth inside such restricted space can cause problems. Brain tumors can be cancerous or noncancerous. When benign or malignant tumors grow, they can cause pressure inside your skull to increase. This can cause brain damage, and it can be life - threatening. Brain tumors are categorized as primary or secondary. Primary brain tumor originates in your brain. Many primary brain tumors are benign. Secondary brain tumor, also know as metastatic brain tumor, occur when cancer cells spread to your brain from another organ, such as your lung or breast.

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When to see a doctor

Were all familiar with brain tumors and how serious they can be. But do you know they can have subtle symptoms as well as obvious ones, such as headaches and seizures? Here are 5 signs of Brain Tumor that might surprise you. Brain tumors can cause seizures, but not just types that cause you to lose consciousness and convulse. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, some seizures can cause sensory changes: sensation, vision, smell, hearing, and even taste. If you have this type of seizure, you might be fully awake, alert, and even able to interact with others. This can make it impossible for others to even realize that youre having a seizure, say Epilepsy Foundation sensory problems are just from seizurestheys can come directly from tumors. Penn patient Colleen begins having trouble hearing. This eventually led to the diagnosis of Acoustic Neuroma, rare Brain Tumor that affects hearing and balance, according to the Acoustic Neuroma Association. Cognitive functions, such as the ability to think or read, can be impacted by brain tumors. Some symptoms are really destructive in the sense that people are wide awake and may look completely alert or normal, says Donald ORourke, MD, neurosurgeon and Director of Human Brain Tumor Tissue Bank at Penn Medicine. But they are very sick cognitively. This is particularly common with tumors in the he explain. Two sides of your brain are connect, and they talk to each other in order for you to do things like think, write, and remember. We really take that communication for grant. When a tumor disrupts communication, it is devastating. Everyone has memory problems now and then, and that is perfectly normal. But when forgetfulness turns to dramatic memory loss, it might be due to another problem, such as Brain Tumor. This is another time when a person can look fine until you start talking to her, say Dr. Orourke. Its sort of like having family members with Alzheimers. This really takes away the substance of a person. And that is what makes brain tumors different than other types of cancer: they affect intellectual, cognitive, and emotional abilities. Poor coordination on the dance floor is one thing. But persistent fumbling and stumbling when youre walking, reaching for glass, or doing other simple activities could signal Brain Tumor. Symptoms are often dependent on the location of the tumor, explains Dr. Orourke. For example, if you have a tumor on your cerebellumthe, part of your brain involved in coordinating sequences of movementsyou, may have trouble controlling your arms and legs. Sometimes, tumor can make its presence know by causing painful not always in the form of headaches. Greg, Penn patient who had Brain Tumor, originally experienced tooth pain. After a year of treatment with no relief, his dentist recommended he see a neurologist. Pain ended up being caused by Brain Tumor pressing on his trigeminal nerve, nerve responsible for carrying sensation from face to brain.

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Brain Tumors and Brain Cancer

Brain tumors account for one in every 100 cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. Most malignant brain tumors and brain cancers have spread from other tumors in the body to the skull, including cancers of breast and lung, malignant melanoma and blood cell cancers. Some brain tumors start in cells that support nerve cells of the brain, where they can crowd out normal cells and spread to other locations in the body. Tumors can either destroy tissue or cause problems in other parts of the body because of pressure tumor put on the brain. Brain tumors can be grouped by type of cell involved or by location in the brain. Metastasized cells may grow in one or several areas of the brain. Almost half of all brain tumors are non - cancerous, slow growing and respond well to treatment.

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Treatment

When possible, brain tumors are removed through surgery. While many can be removed with little or no damage to the brain, others are located where surgical removal is difficult or impossible without destroying critical parts of the brain. Brain damage caused by surgery can lead to partial paralysis, changes in sensation, weakness and poor thinking. Even so, removing tumors is necessary when it threatens important brain structures. Even when it can't cure the malignancy, surgery can help reduce the size of the tumor, ease symptoms and help determine the type of tumor and best treatment. Radiation Chemotherapy Stem cell transplantation

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Brain tumors: an introduction

Normal cells grow in a controlled manner as new cells replace old or damaged ones. For reasons not fully understood, tumor cells reproduce uncontrollably. A primary brain tumor is abnormal growth that starts in the brain and usually does not spread to other parts of the body. Primary brain tumors may be benign or malignant. Metastatic Brain tumors begin as cancer elsewhere in the body and spread to the brain. They form when cancer cells are carried in the blood stream. The most common cancers that spread to the brain are lung and breast. Whether brain tumor is benign, malignant, or metastatic, all are potentially life - threatening. Enclose within bony skull, brain cannot expand to make room for growing mass. As a result, tumor compresses and displaces normal brain tissue. Some brain tumors cause blockage of cerebrospinal fluid that flows around and through the brain. This blockage increases intracranial pressure and can enlarge ventricles. Some brain tumors cause swelling. Size, pressure, and swelling all create mass effect, which causes many of the symptoms.


What are the types of brain tumors?

Doctors classify brain and central nervous system tumors based on where they form and the kind of cells they involve. Acoustic neuroma: these tumors occur in vestibular nerve. Acoustic neuromas are also called vestibular schwannomas. Gangliocytoma: these central nervous system tumors form in neurons. Meningioma: This is the most common type of primary brain tumor. Meningiomas develop slowly. They form in meninges, layers of tissue that protect the brain and spinal cord. In rare cases, meningioma can be malignant. Pineocytoma: These slow - growing tumors form in the pineal gland, which is located deep in the brain and secrete the hormone melatonin. Pituitary adenoma: These tumors form in the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. The pituitary gland makes and controls hormones in the body. Pituitary adenomas are usually very small. Chordoma: these slow - growing tumors typically begin at the base of the skull and bottom part of the spine. They are mostly benign. Glioma: these tumors develop in glial cells, which surround and assist nerve cells. Two - thirds of cancerous primary brain tumors are gliomas. Types of gliomas include: Astrocytoma: Astrocytomas form in glial cells called astrocytes. Glioblastoma: Aggressive Astrocytomas that grow quickly are glioblastomas. Oligodendroglioma: these uncommon tumors begin in cells that create myelin. Medulloblastoma: Medulloblastomas are fast - growing tumors that form at the base of the skull. These are the most common cancerous brain tumors in children.

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Treating brain tumours

If you have a brain tumour, your treatment will depend on: type of tumour, where it is in your brain, how big it is and how far it's spread, how abnormal cells are, your overall health and fitness. After being diagnosed with a brain tumour, steroids may be prescribed to help reduce swelling around the tumour. Other medicines can be used to help with other symptoms of brain tumours, such as anti - epileptic medicines for seizures and painkillers for headaches. Surgery is often used to remove brain tumours. The aim is to remove as much abnormal tissue as safely as possible. It's not always possible to remove all of the tumour, so further treatment with radiotherapy or chemotherapy may be needed to treat any abnormal cells left behind. Treatment for non - cancerous tumours is often successful and full recovery is possible. Sometimes there's small chance the tumour could return, so you may need regular follow - up appointments to monitor this.

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Outlook

Survival rates can give you an idea of what percentage of people with the same type of brain or spinal cord tumor are still alive a certain amount of time after they were diagnose. They ca tell you how long you will live, but they may help give you a better understanding of how likely it is that your treatment will be successful. Keep in mind that survival rates are estimates and are often based on previous outcomes of large numbers of people who had specific type of tumor, but they ca predict what will happen in any particular persons case. These statistics can be confusing and may lead you to have more questions. Talk with your doctor about how these numbers may apply to you, as he or she is familiar with your situation.

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Headaches

Among the most common of all brain tumor symptoms, headaches have a range of types and causes. About half of all people with brain tumors report experiencing headaches. Many brain tumor patients describe their headaches as persistent pain with the following features: steady pain, but different than migraine headache. Worse when you first wake up, getting bit better over the next few hours. May be accompanied by vomiting may be accompanied by new neurological problems. May or may not be throbbing May get worse with coughing, exercise, or change in position do not respond to over - counter pain medication

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Seizures

The differences between seizure, Epilepsy, and seizure disorders are confusing to many people. What makes it more confusing, is that they are not the same thing. Seizures begin suddenly, and are a symptom of another disease. When seizures occur, there is uncontrolled activity in the brain that usually only lasts for a short period. While seizure disorder is a medical condition, in which a person has episodes of uncontrolled activity in the brain producing symptoms that include one or more seizures. Epilepsy is considered a seizure disorder. There are two types of major seizures, generalized and partial seizure types and symptoms depend upon part of the brain affect, and may include: Loss of consciousness think disturbances Convulsions Eye rolling Stiff limbs Twitching on only one side or portion of the body like arm or leg. Involuntary urination or bowel movement Repetitive shaking or jerking of body Staring into space, Sometimes with eyes blinking no loss of consciousness, but person becomes confused for few minutes third type of seizure is called unclassified seizure. Seizure disorders are classified into two types of major seizures, and the third type is called unclassified Seizures. There are about 40 types of seizure disorders. Symptoms and signs are different depending on the part of the brain affected by seizure. Examples of seizure disorders are: Febrile Seizures Benign Rolandic Epilepsy Catamenial Epilepsy Absence Seizures Frontal lobe Epilepsy Epilepsy Sometimes there is a known cause for seizure like alcohol, cocaine or other illegal drug abuse, drug reactions, severe chemical imbalance in blood, or medical problems like low blood pressure. Treatment, management, and prevention of seizures includes medication and avoiding any known causes or common triggers. References: CDC. Types of Seizures. Update: Apr 10 2017. Harvard Health Publications; Harvard Medical School.

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