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what are the worst symptoms of brain cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Seizures, stroke.: Probably the worst symptoms of any brain cancer are seizures, and a stroke-like onset. Seizures can be caused by stimulation of excitatory, or loss of inhibitory cortical circuits by the tumor. Stroke symptoms/onset can be due to hemorrhage into the tumor. Other symptoms include focal heurological deficit, like vision changes, headache from focal irritation of pain sensitive areas (lying down).
Dr. Henry Friedman
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Too many to list: There are many symptoms of a brain tumor but i really dislike listing them---too many people have some of them due to far moer common causes--but believe they now have a brain tumor and panic. I believe that if your health is not right----for whatever signs or symptoms you have, you should see your primary care physician who is best capable of deciding what is the best path to follow.

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What causes someone to develop brain cancer?

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Multi-factorial: The factors help contribute to all tumor development in general 1. Genetics 2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc). 3. Aging 3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors).
A 43-year-old member asked:

How do you take care of a brain cancer patient?

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Dr. Kevin Scher
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Multimodality: Depending on the specifics of the case, primary cancers of the brain are treated with combination therapy including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
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Can brain cancer be treated?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Yes: Primary brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation (wbxrt or focal therapies such as gamma knife or cyberknife), and/or chemotherapies. Other cancers that have metastasized (spread) to the brain may also be treated. The prognosis and specific treatment depends on many factors and should be individualized to the patient with a multi-disciplinary team approach.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How does brain cancer affect the brain?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
It depends: This is a difficult question to answer because it really depends on where the cancer is in the brain and how extensive it is. Different parts of the brain are responsible for different things. So for example it is possible that a brain cancer could impact someone's speech for one person but not another.
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How fast can brain cancer grow?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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It depends: There are many types of brain tumors. Some grow very slowly over many years, and some grow very, very rapidly. It really depends upon the type of brain tumor.

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