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What effects does acohol and smoking have on brain tumor? how can i care for someone with brain tumor?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Part of the team: Brain tumors are either benign or malignant and are either primary or due to tumors elsewhere in the body. Any patient with brain tumor needs a team support. There may be a surgeon, cancer specialist, neurologist, radiation specialist, chemotherapy team, rehab therapists, psychological support, etc. You can help by being part of the team. Alcohol in small amounts should not harm but no smoking.
Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
Variable but bad: Your questions are broad. There are benign brain tumors and malignant ones; the effects of alcohol or nicotine may depend on tumor type, and also on how much alcohol or how much nicotine. Likely drinking more than minimal alcohol isn't a good idea if you have a brain tumor, and smoking is never a good idea. Care for someone with a brain tumor also varies. Try support groups such as from abta.

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