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Dr. Kevin Yoo Dr. Yoo
Neurosurgery
24 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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Dad, Oscar, was told stage 4 lung cancer 2.5 wks ago. 1/3 sz brain tumor removed. 3 brain lesions. In bones&pos liver. Would u cyperknife brain tomorrow?

Dad, Oscar, was told stage 4 lung cancer 2.5 wks ago. 1/3 sz brain tumor removed. 3 brain lesions. In bones&pos liver. Would u cyperknife brain tomorrow?

It depends: If you are 76, your Dad must be late 80s or early 90s. At such an advanced age it may not be worth being so aggressive with terminal cancer that at such advanced stage means he has only few weeks to few months left. However, if his desire is to be aggressive, Cyberknife is an effective an low risk procedure and I would recommend it highly. Otherwise, hospice care is very appropriate.

Dr. Henry Friedman
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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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What's the deference between a brain lesion and a brain tumor?

What's the deference between a brain lesion and a brain tumor?

Some times synanimus: Brain tumor means it is a tumor benign or malignant term lesion is used for besides tumor, non tumor diseases which occupy brain tissue, before diagnosis is established

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Dr. Patrick Roth Dr. Roth
Neurosurgery
30 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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MRI showed brain lesion... What will they do next? And can it be something seriouse. If it was a brain tumor would they have known from this MRI

MRI showed brain lesion... What will they do next? And can it be something seriouse. If it was a brain tumor would they have known from this MRI

It depends: The MRI is very good, but not perfect in identifying what the lesion is. The treatment will depend on what the MRI shows. If it is not clear, either it will be followed with serial MRIs or it will be biopsied. If it is known, it will be either followed or treated depending on what it is. Occasionally, it will be surgically removed.

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Brain lesion. I was told it was a brain tumor, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, and cortical dysplasia could it still be a brain tumor? Thanks!

Brain lesion. I was told it was a brain tumor, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, and cortical dysplasia could it still be a brain tumor? Thanks!

Huh?: Didn't you just answer your own question? Maybe I'm missing something but if the diagnosis actually IS ADEM (as I believe you are saying above) and if what you have is cortical dysplasia (unrelated to the ADEM) to boot then, neither of those 2 together nor separately are synonyms for brain tumor. Do you have imaging studies? That would solve the mystery? Questions? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi

Dr. Christian Schultheis Dr. Schultheis
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
20 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean
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Can eye doctors know if you have a brain tumor or any other brain disease by an eye exam?

Possibly: What can be noted is what is known as papilledema. This is swelling of the optic disc due to something causing increased intracranial pressure. It can suggest something is causing pressure but it does not tell what. Hope this helps.

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin Dr. AmirNovin
Neurosurgery
17 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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What causes brain tumors?

What causes brain tumors?

Multi-factorial: There are 4 things that contribute to all tumors: 1. Genetics 2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc). 3. Aging 3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors).

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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How are brain tumors treated?

How are brain tumors treated?

Tough area: Some brain tumors are benign (most meningiomas), but others are far more difficult (gliomas and secondary cancers). Treatment varies, but includes surgery, radiation, gamma knife, and occasional chemotherapy. If the situation becomes complex, additional interventions such as various medications, and shunts may be employed.

Dr. David Lundin Dr. Lundin
Neurosurgery
23 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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How are brain tumors identified?

How are brain tumors identified?

Imaging & pathology: As others have noted the first step to finding a brain tumor is an imaging study such as ct or mri. The former is faster and cheaper but may miss small tumors. Once a tumor is found, a tissue diagnosis is needed, either open surgery or biopsy. This would require a neurosurgeon to tell you what is best.

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Dr. David Lundin Dr. Lundin
Neurosurgery
23 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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What are the types of brain tumors?

Several: The most common types of brain tumors are actually from the spread of another cancer to the brain. After this the most common cerebral tumors are grade 4 tumors called glioblastoma or gbm. Of course there are other benign tumor that come from the coverings of the brain. Other tumors can come from the fluid cavities or pituitary gland and have varied degrees of aggressiveness.

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Dr. Idan Sharon Dr. Sharon
Neurology
24 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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How commom are brain tumors in peiple in their twenties?

How commom are brain tumors in peiple in their twenties?

Varied: Depends on the type of tumor pituitary tumors or pineal gland cysts may be more common than more serious tumors.

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Dr. Eric Wang Dr. Wang
Radiology
15 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Are brain tumors curable?

Are brain tumors curable?

Yes: Depending on the type of tumor and location, brain tumors can be treatable and/or curable, but often the treatment is difficult and true cure is not attained. Typical treatment involves some combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

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Dr. Marilda Chung Dr. Chung
Pathology
32 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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Are all brain tumors fatal?

Are all brain tumors fatal?

Not at all: There are numerous types of brain tumors, and some are benign, others are malignant. You need to know exactly what kind of tumor it is to assess likelihood of it being 'fatal.' Even if malignant, tumors can be treated and patients can survive for a period of time. Some brain tumors (meningioma, pituitary Adenomas) are usually quite benign and treatable.

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Dr. Joseph Accurso Dr. Accurso
Radiology
25 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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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.

Dr. Henry Friedman Dr. Friedman
Pediatrics
40 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Ipe Kalathoor Dr. Kalathoor
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Kannur University, Academy of Medical Sciences Pariyaram
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Is brain tumors in your head?

Brain tumor: Very rare to have brain tumors but yes in the head, rarely a tumor located in the back could extend down to spinal cord, then it would be outside.

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Dr. Alexander Zubkov Dr. Zubkov
Neurology
23 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin Dr. AmirNovin
Neurosurgery
17 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Joseph Watson Dr. Watson
Neurosurgery
26 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.