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Doctor insights on: Benign Brain Tumor Life Expectancy

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What can happen if a benign brain tumor goes untreated?

What can happen if a benign brain tumor goes untreated?

Depends: It depends on what type of benign brain tumor it is and where exactly it is located.

Some benign tumors can be watched, but some require treatment.

Please write back with more details about tumor type and location. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"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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Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Benigh tumors: Benign is a term that typically refers to the kind of cells that make up a tumor. For example, a meningioma is considered a benign tumor because it does not grow fast, and is not composed of rapidly dividing cells.

Benign tumors, however, certainly can occur is places that make them dangerous and for these, frequent imaging studies including ct and MRI are typically used. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a benign brain tumor?

Many: Brain tumors, benign or malignant, can have many different presentations. These include headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits such as speech problems, weakness in one limb or on one side, difficulty thinking properly etc. These symptoms are all non-specific, and can also be due to other brain disorders. ...Read more

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I need help to treat a benign brain tumor, can you help me?

I need help to treat a benign brain tumor, can you help me?

Brain tumor: Treatment is based on the tumor type, location of the tumor and what potential effect that tumor might have on the patient. ...Read more

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I have a benign brain tumor--can it be dangerous at some point?

I have a benign brain tumor--can it be dangerous at some point?

IT DEPENDS: It depends what kind of tumor and where it is located, you have to ask this question from the neurologist or neuru surgeon who can answer this question to your satifaction as they have the facts and bipsy or pathology reports, and study of the scans and location of the tumor. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor surgery?

How dangerous is a benign brain tumor surgery?

Depends: Location and size of the tumor is usually very important even in expert hands. Make sure to pick a good surgeon. In good hands, risks can be minimized. There is always, risks, with any procedure, including brain surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign brain tumor and a malignant (cancerous) brain tumor?

What is the difference between a benign brain tumor and a malignant (cancerous) brain tumor?

Hard question: Any brain tumor can be malignant by position. Even if benign but in vital region is bad. A malignant metastasis may be easy to remove and cured by cure of the source. A primary malignant brain tumor may be easy to remove and cure or can be diffuse and impossible to remove or cure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about an acoustic neuroma (benign brain tumor)?

Can you tell me more about an acoustic neuroma (benign brain tumor)?

Acoustic neuroma: Also known as schwannoma. It is benign and usually unilateral. Hearing loss is the common initial symptom. A diagnosis of neurofibromatosis 2 (nf2), however, is very likely or should be considered if it is bilateral or if unilateral but at age. ...Read more

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Can a benign brain tumor exacerbate diagnosed dementia in an 86 year old?

Can a benign brain tumor exacerbate diagnosed dementia in an 86 year old?

Definitely: Even benign brain tumor can cause brain dysfunction especially if there is already some impairment. ...Read more

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A friend of mine has a small benign brain tumor at 27 and the doctor says they're pretty common but they're just not symptomatic. Is this true?

A friend of mine has a small benign brain tumor at 27 and the doctor says they're pretty common but they're just not symptomatic. Is this true?

True- sort of: I wouldn't say they're "common" but I'd agree they're probably more common than we realize since most are found by chance. My guess is that she has a meningioma. In some instances they may cause problems with autonomic functions such as heartrate and blood pressure or seizures but this is not as common as their being not very interesting. ...Read more

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The doctor advice to operate on a benign brain tumor do we have to rush it?

The doctor advice to operate on a benign brain tumor do we have to rush it?

Good to follow your: Doctor's advice. Even benign tumors in the brain may produce irreversible damage, so it would be good to get it out sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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I had a benign brain tumor removal back in 2010, can I fly now even though I had epilepsy?

I had a benign brain tumor removal back in 2010, can I fly now even though I had epilepsy?

Air Travel: There would be no reason to restrict your ablility to fly on commerial airlines once you had recovered from the surgery in 2010. Many states have restrictions on driving if you have had a seizure but there are no problems if you are the passenger. ...Read more

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How long does a benign brain tumor in the temporal lobe take to start having an effect on brain activity?

Depends: Brain dysfunction will be determined by the amount of pressure placed on the area. This will depend upon the growth rate of the underlying brain tumor. The only way to know this is to obtain serial imaging studies and measure the lesion over time. ...Read more

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How long after a benign brain tumor is removed could someone play sports again?

How long after a benign brain tumor is removed could someone play sports again?

Depends: There are multiple factors involved-
what sport?
What type of tumor?
How large was the tumor?
What part of the brain was the tumor?

There is much information needed to answer the question. Talk to your neurosurgeon who will have all your answers to help you. ...Read more

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If I have a benign brain tumor, and I've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it ok for me to drink alcohol?

If I have a benign brain tumor, and I've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it ok for me to drink alcohol?

Tough question: Since alcohol interacts with many medications and the brain functions, it is important that you discuss this question with your personal neurologist/neurosurgeon. I typically allow my patients to drink in moderation (no more than 1 drink a night) 6-12 months after being off all brain related medications. But again, please see your personal physician before acting on my suggestion. ...Read more

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I have a benign brain tumor, but I've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?

I have a benign brain tumor, but I've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?

Maybe: Alcohol in moderation should not complicate a "benign" brain tumor such as a meningioma or schwannoma. If you have a low grade glioma, then the tumor is not really benign. Whether your liver can tolerate the alcohol may depend on what drugs you have been on which were just stopped. Consult your doctors before drinking. ...Read more

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Can a benign brain tumor cause severe muscle and nerve pain on the left side of the body from the shoulder down to the ankle?

Can a benign brain tumor cause severe muscle and nerve pain on the left side of the body from the shoulder down to the ankle?

Potentially: Yes, potentially by raising the pressure in the central nervous system and also by displacing other tissues in the brain as well. Don't hesitate to be seen and accurately diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I have a resected (90%) benign brain tumor in left temporal lobe. I'm on Trileptal (600 +900) & I get epilepsy every 3 wks, dose issue? Accumulation?

I have a resected (90%) benign brain tumor in left temporal lobe. I'm on Trileptal (600 +900) & I get epilepsy every 3 wks, dose issue? Accumulation?

"Ride the horse": I often say when choosing a seizure med, we need to "ride this horse until we find out if it'll get us where we want to go. We don't change horses unless we have to." meaning...We need to push the dose up gently until either seizures stop (yeaaaa!) or we get unacceptable side effects (oh nuts!) and have to find a different med. Talk with your neurologist. If tolerable, you might need more. ...Read more

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Gf has random hallucinations lack of empathy unless it's a tv show mood swings friend says she's always been like that she has a benign brain tumor?

Gf has random hallucinations lack of empathy unless it's a tv show mood swings friend says she's always been like that she has a benign brain tumor?

Please clarify: I am not sure what your question is. Are you asking if she has a brain tumor or advising that she does. Does she have a psychiatric diagnosis. Please re-submit with clarification. Thanks. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me does radiation or chemo actually offer a decent quality of life for the limited life expectancy of a stage 4 glioma brain tumor?

Can anyone tell me does radiation or chemo actually offer a decent quality of life for the limited life expectancy of a stage 4 glioma brain tumor?

Yes: For many patients (not all) surgery, then radiation with chemotherapy, and "maintenance" chemotherapy can give a good quality of life for a period of time for patients with grade IV astrocytomas. Half of all patients with current best therapy for these tumors live over a year, and most of that time should be reasonably good quality unless the tumor has caused irreversible neurological deficits. ...Read more

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Please name the treatment for a benign brain tumor?

Please name the treatment for a benign brain tumor?

Varies: There are several types of benign brain tumors (pituitary adenomas, meningiomas, fibromas, etc). You will have to provide us with more information to be able to help you. Thanks. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a benign brain tumor?

What is the best treatment for a benign brain tumor?

Brain tumor: Benign brain tumors are generally slow growing. The options include observation, surgery, and radiation. The treatment depends on the symptoms, neurological deficits, location and size of the mass. See a neurosurgeon for the best treatment option. ...Read more

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Can a small benign brain tumor on cerebellum cause nerves to be inflamed without causing raised intracranial pressure?

Can a small benign brain tumor on cerebellum cause nerves to be inflamed without causing raised intracranial pressure?

Has an effect: The tumor would be unlikely to create much inflammation beyond the borders of the lesion, and if small, it would not be likely to cause obstructive problems. However, might be potential issue if enlarges, so have close followup with an expert neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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