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Is a brain tumor cancer?

: There can be benign tumors in the brain like meningioma or acoustic neuroma. These tumors are not malignant, but can cause symptoms and complications, and are often treated with surgery or radiosurgery. There can be malignant tumors in the brain (cancer). These can be metastatic, or be of primary brain origin. ...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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How is brain tumor different from brain cancer?

How is brain tumor different from brain cancer?

Brain cancer spec: Brain cancer is a specific type of brain tumor. Brain tumors are graded from grade 1 (benign) to grade 4 (cancer). Hence, brain cancer is a specific sub-type of brain tumor. ...Read more

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How are brain cancer and brain tumor different?

How are brain cancer and brain tumor different?

Pathology type: Brain tumor is a generic term that includes benign, low grade and malignant brain tumors. Brain cancer refers to the malignant category. When one speaks of a brain cancer, this may be a primary (originating from the brain tissue) or metastatic (originating from cancer outside of the brain). Treatment depends on the type of cancer. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary tumor a type of brain cancer?

Is a pituitary tumor a type of brain cancer?

Most are not.: The most common pituitary tumor is an adenoma, which is a benign tumor and not a cancer. Some rarer types of tumors can be more aggressive. ...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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Is oligodendroglioma a malignant tumor?

Is oligodendroglioma a malignant tumor?

Yes it is: It is a low grade type of cancer. It usually has a fairly good prognosis when treated properly. ...Read more

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Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Complicated question: Carcinoids are carcinomas, usually more slow growing than adenocarcinomas. For information in this topic you may consult this link: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/carcinoid-tumors#1 ...Read more

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Is anaplastic medulloblastoma a brain or childhood cancer?

Is anaplastic medulloblastoma a  brain or childhood cancer?

Anaplastic medullo: Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor (or cancer) in children. Anaplastic medulloblastoma is a particular subtype of this disease. While almost all cases of medulloblastoma occur in children, this disease can also rarely occur in adults. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Not quite: A pituitary tumor arises from the pituitary gland which is underneath the brain. These may be quite large and cause compression of the brain or the cranial nerves. This would be considered a "brain tumor" in general language. Pituitary tumors should be classified in a category of their own from a technical standpoint. ...Read more

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What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

Need more info: I will answer for children as they get wilm's tumor. There are many types of brain tumors; some are very low risk while others are almost impossible to cure. Most wilm's tumors, especially those within"favorable histology" have a very good prognosis; more aggressive types that are spread throughout the body when diagnosed are much more threatening. ...Read more

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Is pilocytic astrocytoma a tumor of cerebellum?

Is pilocytic astrocytoma a tumor of cerebellum?

In theory anywhere: In theory, it could happen anywhere in the brain, but most juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas are in the supratentorial brain (outside of the posterior fossa). Posterior fossa tumors are typically ependymoma, medulloblastoma in kids. Jpa's don't happen in adults (adults get lgg's, or who ii low grade gliomas..Just almost never who i tumors). Most stem lesions are not jpa's, but they happen too. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a primary brain tumor and a metastatic (secondary) brain tumor?

What is the difference between a primary brain tumor and a metastatic (secondary) brain tumor?

See below: Primary brain tumors arise in the brain. Metastatic brain tumors originate in another organ--such as breast cancer or melanoma, and spread to the brain. ...Read more

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What is terminal brain cancer?

What is terminal brain cancer?

Incureable: Any terminal illness is one that cannot be cured regardless of treament. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer different from metastatic ovarian cancer?

Related to spread: Metastatic refers to a cancer that has spread from the original site that it originated from to a more distant site in the body. For example, if a woman had ovarian cancer and it spread to the lungs then this would be consider metastatic disease. ...Read more

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What is sarcoma versus metastatic disease versus lymphoma versus paraganglioma?

What is sarcoma versus metastatic disease versus lymphoma versus paraganglioma?

Different lesions: A sarcoma is a malignant lesion arising from connective and not glandular tissue such as visceral leiomyosarcoma of uterus or stomach. metastatic disease represents spread of tumor that may arise from a sarcoma or carcinoma, lymphoma is a malignant form of blood cellular disease and paraganglioma is the benign form of the lesion arising from nerve tissue. All represent different forms of disease. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of brain tumor and brain cancer?

What are symptoms of brain tumor and brain cancer?

Depends: As the tumor grow in size, it will compress areas of brain that control movement, or it could cause headaches or visual symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for brain glioma cancer?

What is the prognosis for brain glioma cancer?

Glioma infers: Malignancy originating in the brain (as opposed to a secondary from another source, ) they are graded 1 - 4, and survival is worse as the grade goes up they are also called astrocytomas. Stage iv, glioblastoma, deserves its reputation as a cancer with short survival, and the prognosis has changed very little in the past 30 years. ...Read more

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Neuroblastoma vs neuroectodermal tumour, what is the difference?

Neuroblastoma vs neuroectodermal tumour, what is the difference?

See below: Neuroblastoma is a tumor of the adrenal gland that occurs in children. It has a high cure rate. Neuroectodermal tumors are a group of different tumors affecting the nervous system. See this site for more info. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/neuroectodermal_tumor. ...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


Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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