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Brain Cancer Awareness Tattoo
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
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. ...Read more
Symptoms are obviously variable, but the best I can describe them, they are most similar to alzheimers, but much, much faster.
If the worst thing about alzheimers is how long it goes on, the "best" thing about end stage brain tumors is how short the suffering tends to be. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Confusion,: Dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors. ...Read more
Unlikely: Fortunately, brain tumors are relatively rare--and though they do cause headaches, many other causes are far more likely. I would suggest you see your primary care physician for a history and examination. ...Read more
Flips in kids:
Dr. Lawson is correct in adults. In kids, the most common version of brain tumor is primary to the brain. There are many types of tumors that both start in the brain and "go" to the brain.
If you ignore the types that go to the brain, in adults the 20% that start in the brain can vary from very malignant (gbm) to very benign (meningioma). In kids, tumors are varied as well but the gbm is rare. ...Read more
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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
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
Varies: Many times tumor in the brain does not give you any symptoms until it reaches certain size or if the tumor is located on particular area in the brain. The symptoms can include-persistent headaches-worse in the morning -associated with nausea, vomiting. Seizure, dizziness, gait imbalance, weakness/numbness on one area or one side of the body, slurred speech etc. It depends on the location and size. ...Read more
Vraiable: Headaches, blurred vision, facial or one sided body weakness, or any other non specific symptoms. ...Read more
Doctor: You need to see a physician and maybe get some tests. ...Read more
No, usually not: Cancer treatments are rarely, if ever, painful. Certainly radiotherapy and chemotherapy are not painful. Surgery is commonly used but like any other surgery, it is done under anesthesia and may cause pain in the head for a day or two but even surgery for brain cancer is not all that invasive or big to cause much pain. ...Read more
GBM: Gbm is the most agressive type of primary brain tumor. It is of glial cell in origin. They can arise de novo, or can be from progression of a lower grade tumor. Survival beyond 2 years is extremely poor. ...Read more
Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more