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How is a brain tumor formed?

How is a brain tumor formed?

Abnormal cell growth: All tumors are formed from cells that do not follow the rules - they grow faster/differently than they should, not controlled by local and systemic chemical signals. There are many different types of brain tumors - some very slow growing over decades that cause no problems but may "push" the brain a little. But others grow very fast, damaging or "crushing" normal brain next to them.

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"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Early symptoms of brain tumor?

Early symptoms of brain tumor?

It is very rare: Headaches and seizures it is very unlikely to have brain tumor at your age. See neurologist if you want more assurance.

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How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

MRI or CT: These a days, brain mri's and ct's are the primary method of diagnosing brain tumors. These are prompted after the patient has a neurologic symptom or an un-relenting headache.

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What could cause a brain tumor?

What could cause a brain tumor?

Tumor origins: Brain tumors, like any neoplasms in the body, can be induced by an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. In other words, there are inherited predispositions in some cases. One environmental factors known to induce some brain tumors is radiation exposure. Unfortunately, there is much that we still do not know about how these tumors start.

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What is the cause of brain tumor?

What is the cause of brain tumor?

Most are random: All tumors result from accumulated genetic mutations that give a growth advantage to clones of cells. Most strike at random without clear environmental risks. A few familial syndrome (turcot's, neurofibromatosis, von hippel-lindau, lifraumeni, some rarities) feature increased risk for one or more types of brain tumors. If you have a brain tumor, nothing that you did caused it. Wishing you the best.

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What is the cause of Brain tumor?

What is the cause of Brain tumor?

Dumb luck: A few genetic syndromes put people at increased risk for brain tumors. Beyond this, we almost never find a cause. Tumors result from random mutations that become propagated. No one's to blame. Scientists who build careers by demonstrating new truths have failed to identify anything credible. The cell-phones claim has no rational or empirical basis. Best wishes.

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What are the signs of brain tumor?

What are the signs of brain tumor?

Depends on location: Some brain tumors are located in the frontal area and are almost clinically silent until size increases. Some early on may cause focal weakness, which looks like a stroke. Headaches, nausea, vomiting, visual blurring, and double vision can occur as size increases. Many tumors, though, may be picked up on routine MRI films. Some tumors start in lung or kidney and metastasize to brain.

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What is the causes of brain tumor?

Most are not known.: There are many causes of brain tumors. The most common are from spread of another cancer to the brain. Other causes are generic or environmental.

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What does a brain tumor look like?

What does a brain tumor look like?

The MRI image: Shows a mass, commonly surrounded by edema. Pathology shows abnormal blood vessel proliferation (and they leak), necrosis (dead cell areas), and abnormal mitoses.

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How to know if I have brain tumor?

PROGRESSIVE SYMPTOMS: If you have progressive symptoms tell your doctor. You might need a scan of the head.

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Advice for a possible brain tumor?

See neurosurgeon: Please see a neurosurgeon and be evaluated. All the best.

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What are symptoms of a brain tumor?

What are symptoms of a brain tumor?

Headache, nausea, visi: Symptoms of brain tumor depend on location and size of the tumor. Hradache more frequent and severe, nausea&vomiting, visual problems, seizures, weakness or loss of function in arm or leg, speech difficulty, hearing problem, confusion, personality and behaviour changes.

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How can one diagnose a brain tumor?

How can one diagnose a brain tumor?

PROCESS: First is doctors suspicion or if symptoms (headaches, seizures, nausea, vomiting), then focused physical exam followed by appropriate imaging studies (ct or MRI of brain), if a lesion is seen then it will require tissue diagnosis. Can be obtained by biopsy or surgical removal of suspicious lesion. The final word is the pathology results.

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Do brain tumor symptoms come and go?

Do brain tumor symptoms come and go?

Yes: It can cause transient worsening depending on the pressure of the brain, which is usually higher early morning. It can also present with seizure, which might not be a typical convustion attack, but mimicking mini-stroke. Please seek medical attention, if you have any concerns.

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How likely is getting a brain tumor?

How likely is getting a brain tumor?

Good question: There are a few familial syndromes associated with brain tumors. Otherwise it is 6-7 cases/10000 people as national incidence in adults in the us.

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Is a brain tumor common in young 20s?

No: Brain tumors are relatively uncommon, and the peak age for the most common type of brain tumors is between the fifth and seventh decades of life (40-70). Such tumors are uncommon in people in their 20s, but it can happen. If your question is from more than just curiosity, see your doctor for more information and perhaps for a brain MRI scan.

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What are the stages of a brain tumor?

There are none: Brain tumors rarely develop extra neural metastases. They are graded based on pathology. Gx cannot be graded, g1 well differentiated, g2 moderately differentiated, g3 poorly differentiated, g4 undifferentiated. The reason why there is rarely metastasis is because the brain does not have a well-developed lymphatic drainage system. Hope this helps.

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I am afraid I may have a brain tumor?

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I am afraid I may have a brain tumor?

Brain Tumor?: Not sure what makes you think you do, but to be assured, you need workup by your pcp.

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What are common brain tumor symptoms?

What are common brain tumor symptoms?

Complex issue: Tumors of the brain can be benign, malignant, malignant by position, or chronic and stable. Brain tumors can be silent or present as seizures or can abruptly produce coma and death. Primary brain tumors depend on cells of origin and location as to how they show symptoms. Secondary brain tumors may come from a primary tumor elsewhere in the body and spread broadly all through the brain.

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