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Are meningiomas as serious as brain cancer?

Are meningiomas as serious as brain cancer?

No: No. Meningiomas rarely become cancerous and tend to be found incidently at autopsy. Rarely, really big ones can cause increased intracranial pressure and have to be surgically removed. They due tend to cause seizures due to irritation on the surface of the brain. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can u die from brain cancer?

Can u die from brain cancer?

Sadly, YES!: Cancers of the brain, be they metastatic (from another part of the body) or primary (arising in the brain) are a frequent cause of death. Tumors like meningioma are almost always benign and are successfully treated surgically. ...Read more

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Can brain cancer be treated?

Can brain cancer be treated?

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. ...Read more

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How harmful is brain cancer?

How harmful is brain cancer?

Very: All cancers unless cured will kill the person. Brain cancers are often controllable but usually only for a time. There are a variety of subtypes and you'd do well to find out which is in question. The most common cancer in the brain is actually metastatic lung cancer. If you are dealing with this in your life, you have my sympathy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of brain cancer?

What are symptoms of brain cancer?

Depends on location: Importantly, realize that brain tumor does not equate brain cancer. Depending size and location of the brain cancer, various symptoms can occur. A large tumor usually creates headache, nausea or vomiting. Depending on location, it can cause many symptoms including; weakness, visual or sensory changes, aphasia (loss of speech) or seizures. ...Read more

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Describe the features of brain cancer.?

Describe the features of brain cancer.?

Variable: Any cancer in the brain could present with any number of symptoms including but not limited to headache, dizziness, vision problems, trouble concentrating, weakness, nausea/vomiting, and motor problems. Most importantly, it can also have no symptoms. The best exam to check for this is MRI with and w/o contrast. ...Read more

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What causes someone to develop brain cancer?

What causes someone to develop brain cancer?

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). ...Read more

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Which cancer is worse than at/rt brain cancer?

What is worse?: This is hard to answer. Worse how? Some brain cancers can be completely cured; some can't. Some can be small but in bad locations that cause a lot of disability. Some can be very large and cause no disability. Brain cancer is always scary, because... well, it's the brain! Try this link for more info: http://www.nccn.org/patients/ ...Read more

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Aresteroids for terminal brain cancer. Necessary to reduce?

Aresteroids for terminal brain cancer. Necessary to reduce?

Reduce edema!: Brain metastasis induce leaking vessels, swelling or edema that increases mass effect and symptoms. Dexamethasone is a catabolic steroid, not anabolic, reduces swelling. It also turns off the stimulus to make our own cycling corticosteroids, so it must be tapered and never discontinued abruptly. These provide comfort, reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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How deadly is brain cancer?

How deadly is brain cancer?

Depends.: Different types of brain cancer. Some are benign tumors that push on the brain like meningioma, slow growers. Some are malignant and spread through the brain quickly and if untreatable could end in death in about 9 months. Hope that clears up any doubts. ...Read more

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Can brain cancer worsen a mood disorder?

Sure: Although the causes of mood disorders can be complex, a tumor within the brain can also affect mood depending on the location of the mass and its effect on surrounding brain tissue/function, and release of chemicals. Sometimes the treatments for the brain tumor (steroids, chemotherapy medications, and anti-seizure medications) can also cause changes to a person's mood (worsen or improve). ...Read more

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What characterizes stage 4 brain cancer?

What characterizes stage 4 brain cancer?

Brain cancer: In general, Stage 4 means distant spread to other organs other than the organ where the tumor started (lung cancer that spreads to brain, would be Stage 4 Lung Cancer). There are 4 stages, so Stage 4 is the most extensive degree of spread, unfortunately. Primary brain tumors are not staged, because they rarely spread. Prognosis is based on age, location, histology, functional status, extent, etc ...Read more

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Could a cell phone give you brain cancer?

Could a cell phone give you brain cancer?

I say no: Anyone who's scientifically literate will recognize that this ongoing business is fueled by politicians and fearmongers. The statistics seem nothing more than the usual junk that's generated by retrospective studies (people's beliefs color their memories), the radiation isn't the kind that damages genes, and in the big study more cancers were on the opposite side. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for brain cancer?

What is the survival rate for brain cancer?

Depends: It really depends on whether it spread to the brain from somewhere else or if it started in the brain, and even then there would be many factors affecting curability, including type, location, size, etc... ...Read more

Dr. Mark Eisenberg
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Meningioma (Definition)

Tumors that occur in the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Most of these tumors are benign, but a small percentage can be malignant. Most people with ...Read more


Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. Also ...Read more