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Symptoms Of Brain Cancer

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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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General symptoms

Tumors in any part of the brain might increase pressure inside the skull. This can be caused by growth of the tumor itself, swelling in the brain, or blockage of flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Increased pressure can lead to general symptoms such as: headache, nausea, Vomiting, Blurred Vision, Balance problems, personality or behavior changes, Seizures, Drowsiness or even coma. Headaches that tend to get worse over time are common symptom of brain tumors, occurring in about half of patients. As many as half of people with brain tumors will have seizures at some point. The type of seizure may depend on where the tumor is. Sometimes this is the first sign of brain tumor, but fewer than 1 in 10 first seizures are caused by brain tumors.

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Overview

Brain Tumors can cause many different symptoms, and symptoms may occur suddenly or develop gradually. Which symptoms develop first and how they develop depends on Tumors size, growth rate, and location. In some parts of the brain, even small tumors can have devastating effects. In other parts of the brain, tumors can grow relatively large before any symptoms appear. As tumor grows, it pushes and stretches but usually does not destroy nerve tissue, which can compensate for these changes very well. Thus, symptoms may not develop at first. A headache is the most common and often the first symptom. However, some people with brain tumors do not get headaches, and most headaches are not caused by brain tumors. Headaches due to Brain Tumors usually recur more and more often as time passes. It is often worse when people lie down. Headaches may be most intense when people awaken from sleep, then lessen later in the day. If headaches with these characteristics start in people WHO have not had headaches before, Brain Tumor may be the cause. Often, increased pressure within the skull also causes mental function to deteriorate and mood to worsen. Personality may change. For example, people may become withdrawn, moody, and, often, inefficient at work. They may feel drowsy, confuse, and unable to think. Such symptoms are often more apparent to family members and co - workers than to the affected person. Depression and anxiety, especially if either develop suddenly, may be early symptoms of Brain Tumor. People may behave bizarrely. They may become uninhibited or behave in ways they never have before. In older people, certain brain tumors cause symptoms that may be mistaken for those of dementia. Magnetic Resonance Imaging is the best test for identifying Brain Tumors. Compute Tomography is a good alternative. It can identify most Brain Tumors. Before these tests, substance that makes tumor easier to see is injected into the vein. These tests can show tumors ' size and exact position in great detail. When a brain tumor is detect, more diagnostic procedures are done to determine the particular kind. Sometimes spinal tap is done to obtain cerebrospinal fluid for examination under microscope. This procedure is done when doctors suspect that a tumor has invaded layers of tissues that cover the brain. Such tumors may block absorption of cerebrospinal fluid. Spinal tap may also help when the diagnosis or type of tumor is unclear. Cerebrospinal fluid may contain cancer cells. However, spinal tapping cannot be done in people WHO have large tumors that is increasing pressure within the skull. In these people, removing cerebrospinal fluid during spinal tap may cause the tumor to move, resulting in herniation of the brain. Traditional Surgery sometimes causes brain damage that can lead to symptoms such as partial paralysis, changes in sensation, weakness, and impaired mental function. Nevertheless, removing tumorwhether cancerous or noncancerousis essential if its growth threatens important brain structures.


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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Risk factors

The exact cause of brain cancer is unknown. However, factors that can increase your risk of brain cancer include exposure to high doses of ionizing radiation and family history of brain cancer. Cancer in another part of your body is also a risk factor. Cancers that commonly spread, or metastasize, to the brain include: lung cancer, breast cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer. Other factors that might be related to developing brain cancer include: increased age, long - term smoking, exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizer working with elements that can cause cancer, such as lead, plastic, rubber, petroleum, and some textiles having Epstein - Barr virus infection, or mononucleosis


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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CT Scan vs. MRI

Ct scan is a procedure that uses X - rays to scan and take images of cross - sections of parts of the body. A CT scan can help diagnose broken bones, tumors or lesions in areas of the body, blood clots in the brain, legs, and lung,s and lung infections or diseases like pneumonia or emphysema. Mri is a procedure that uses strong magnetic fields and radiofrequency energy to make images of parts of the body, particularly, organs and soft tissues like tendons and cartilage. Both CT and MRI are painless,. However, MRI can be more bothersome for some individuals who are claustrophobic, or suffer from anxiety or panic disorders due to enclosed space and noise machines make. Mri costs more than CT, while CT is a quicker and more comfortable test for patient.Sss


Imaging tests

Ct scan uses x - rays to make detailed cross - sectional images of your brain and spinal cord. Unlike regular x - ray, CT scan creates detailed images of soft tissues in the body. Ct scans are not used as often as MRI scans when looking at brain or spinal cord tumors, but they can be useful in some cases. They may be used if MRI is not an option. Ct scans also show greater detail of bone structures near tumor. As with MRI, you may get an injection of contrast dye through the IV line before the scan. This helps better outline any tumors that are present. Ct angiography: For this test, you are injected with contrast material through IV line while you are in CT scanner. The scan creates detailed images of blood vessels in the brain, which can help doctors plan surgery. Ct angiography can provide better details of blood vessels in and around tumor than MR angiography in some cases.


Brain or spinal cord tumor biopsy

A brain tumor is a collection of abnormal cells that grow in or around the brain. It poses a risk to the healthy brain by either invading or destroying normal brain tissue or by compressing and displacing the brain. Since the brain is enclose inside skull which has a fixed amount of space, growing brain tumor can cause significant damage to the brain. Brain Tumors can be malignant or benign. They may be primary or metastatic. Some of these tumors can spread and involve Spinal Cord extension of the brain. Your doctor may order head or spine MRI, Brain fMRI, head CT, head PET, cerebral angiography, myelography, Biopsy or lumbar puncture to help diagnose and evaluate your condition. Other imaging tests may be performed if your doctor suspects your tumor has spread to other parts of your body. Treatment will depend on the size and type of tumor, its growth rate and your general health. Options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, target biological therapy or combination thereof.

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Benign vs. Malignant Brain Tumors

Benign brain tumors are aggressive and normally spread to surrounding tissues, although they can be serious and even life - threatening. Benign brain tumors usually have clearly defined borders and usually are deeply rooted in brain tissue. This makes them easier to surgically remove if they are in an area of the brain where is safe to operate. But they can come back. Benign tumors are less likely to come back than cancerous ones. Even benign Brain Tumors can be a serious health problem. Brain tumors can damage cells around them by causing inflammation and putting increased pressure on nearby tissue, as well as inside your skull.

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Brain Tumor Diagnosis

A doctor who thinks a child might have a brain tumor will do a thorough neurological exam and order imaging studies of the brain: CT scan, MRI magnetic resonance imaging, or possibly both. These let doctors see inside the brain and identify any areas that look abnormal. Although both are painless, they do require children to be still. Some children, especially younger ones, may need to be sedated for these scans. If imaging studies reveal brain tumor, then surgery is likely to be the next step. Pediatric neurosurgeons will try to remove the tumor; if complete removal is not possible, then partial removal or biopsy may be done to confirm diagnosis. Tumor samples are tested and examined under microscope to learn what type of tumor it is and whether it is low - grade or high - grade. Using this information, doctors can develop the best treatment plan for children with brain tumor.Sss

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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

If you 've been diagnosed with a brain tumour, you must tell DVLA as soon as possible. If you 've not yet given up your licence or you 've had your licence returned after treatment, you must stop driving and tell DVLA if you have a seizure of any type. This is a legal requirement. Whether you can apply to have your licence returned will depend on various factors, such as: occurrence and type of seizures restrictions apply because of your brain tumour. If you re partner, family member or friend of someone recently diagnosed with Brain tumour - related Epilepsy, you may find yourself in the role of carer, particularly if their seizures are unpredictable or more severe. It's important you know what to do to keep them safe when they have a seizure, but this will depend on the type of seizure they are having. If a seizure continues for more than 5 minutes or occurs repeatedly without time to recover in between, emergency medication should be given and an ambulance should be called immediately.

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