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Brain Cancer Death Process
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
I was 33 when my: Father died at 63 of a gbm. I searched for why bad things happened to good people, and then begin to remember, as I do today, my father's wonderful deeds, traits and personality. Losing his abilities before his life was lost, would have been unbearable for him. Knowing we were there for him, during and until the end left us with great solace. I'm proud to be his son, . ...Read more
Since my mom's death from brain cancer 5 yrs ago, have become fearful/preoccupied w/health. Normal reaction? How do I overcome my fears/preoccupation?
Excessive fear: Being fearful/preoccupied with health 5 yrs later sounds excessive. While reading up on health issues (learning facts) may help somewhat, therapy may help more. A cbt therapist can help you challenge catastrophic thinking about health, while a dynamic therapist could help you explore lingering feelings or conflicts about your mother's illness and death that continue to haunt you. ...Read more
My mom has brain cancer, more specifically a high grade glioma. She is receiving radiation/chemo. What happens to the dead cancer cells?
Interesting question: Sorry for your mom, in normal tissues like muscle, liver etc non viable tissue (cells) rapidly localised by inflamatory process, scavengers cells the phagocytes arrive, engoulf the remanents dispose, some of the material difuses and disappers, firbous tissue scar forms. In brain similar process takes very much longer, that is the reason some of the collection need to be evacuated by surgery. ...Read more
Usually glioma: There are dozens of different types of malignant tumors (cancers) that arise in the brain. Most often these arise from glial cells (gliomas). They can be managed for a while but are very seldom cured. "Brain cancer" can also refer to cancer from other sites that has spread to the brain. ...Read more
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
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
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
Brain cancer: Signs and symptoms of malignancies related to the brain, depends on the location of the tumor, size, and surrounding edema (swelling). Some may develop seizures as an initial manifestation, others demonstrate stroke like weakness if the motor strip is involved, balance or gait changes may occur in those where the tumor involves the cerebellum ...Read more
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
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
Lots to know.: This is hard to answer. 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. Most are treated with surgery, then radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. Brain cancer is always scary, because... well, it's the brain! Try this link for more info: http://www. Nccn. Org/patients/ ...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
The factors help contribute to all tumor development in general
2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc).
3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors). ...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
Depends on type: There are many different types of brain tumors. These range from relatively benign (meningiomas) to highly aggressive (glioblastomas). The survival depends on the type of tumor. I'm sure that a neurosurgeon or oncologist, who know the type in question, would be able to be more specific. ...Read more
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