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Brain Tumor (Overview)

A brain tumor is a disease in which a group of abnormal cells grow in the brain. The brain tumor may have either started in the brain or it may have moved there from a different site of the body (metastasized). There are many different types of brain tumors, and different tumors affect individuals of different age groups. Symptoms vary depending on the size and location of the tumor.


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What are the signs of brain tumor?

What are the signs of brain tumor?

Depends on location: Some brain tumors are located in the frontal area and are almost clinically silent until size increases. Some early on may cause focal weakness, which looks like a stroke. Headaches, nausea, vomiting, visual blurring, and double vision can occur as size increases. Many tumors, though, may be picked up on routine MRI films. Some tumors start in lung or kidney and metastasize to brain. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Overview)

A brain tumor is a disease in which a group of abnormal cells grow in the brain. The brain tumor may have either started in the brain or it may have moved there from a different site of the body (metastasized). There are many different types of brain tumors, and different tumors affect individuals of different age groups. Symptoms vary depending on the size and location of the tumor.


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Could you tell me if the brain doesn't have pain nerves, how does brain tumor produce pain?

Could you tell me if the brain doesn't have pain nerves, how does brain tumor produce pain?

Pressure: While the brain itself does not have pain receptors, the coverings of the brain, called the dura, do have them. This cause headaches or feelings of pressure. ...Read more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
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I would like to ask you, if it could be a symptom of brain tumor?

I would like to ask you, if it could be a symptom of brain tumor?

Please clarify: Please clarify what symptom are you referring to. Here is a general overview on symptoms from brain tumors you can read for more information: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/brain-tumor/symptoms-and-signs. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of brain tumor that people have?

What are the main symptoms of brain tumor that people have?

Variable: Depending on the size, location and rate of growth there can be many different symptoms. These include headaches, nausea, vomiting, changes in personality or mood, seizures, or stroke-like symptoms including weakness or tingling in different parts of the body. ...Read more

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How can I handle the diagnosis of a brain tumor?

How can I handle the diagnosis of a brain tumor?

Get information: There are many types of brain tumor, some malignant, some benign. The first thing is to get information and get opinions from specialists. There are many tumors that are very treatable and even curable. There are others where there is very long term remission. The key to to be informed and ask questions. Know your options. Don't forget about clinical trials. ...Read more

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How can one diagnose a brain tumor?

How can one diagnose a brain tumor?

PROCESS: First is doctors suspicion or if symptoms (headaches, seizures, nausea, vomiting), then focused physical exam followed by appropriate imaging studies (ct or MRI of brain), if a lesion is seen then it will require tissue diagnosis. Can be obtained by biopsy or surgical removal of suspicious lesion. The final word is the pathology results. ...Read more

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Is biopsy the only diagnostic test for brain tumor?

Is biopsy the only diagnostic test for brain tumor?

It is confirmatory: The appearance of a tumor mass on brain MRI scan or on a head ct scan can be indicative of a brain cancer. However, a brain mass biopsy is the best way to confirm the diagnosis and find out the type of brain cancer. ...Read more

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Can blood tests detect brain tumors? I had one a week ago and now I'm feeling pressure on head or headache. No other problems tho I'm 17 years old

Can blood tests detect brain tumors? I had one a week ago and now I'm feeling pressure on head or headache. No other problems tho I'm 17 years old

Mixed antecedents: A week ago you had either a brain tumor or a blood test. I'll go with blood test. Now a week later you're feeling "pressure on head." Do you mean "detect" or "cause"? Either way, the answer is no. Even if a blood test somehow COULD cause a brain tumor, it would have to be an amazingly fast-growing tumor to cause symptoms after only a week. Also, you say you're 17 but your profile says 19. (?) ...Read more

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What happens once you have brain tumor?

What happens once you have brain tumor?

Brain tumor: This depends upon the size and location of the tumor, as well as whether the tumor is benign or malignant (cancer). A small benign tumor may exist for years and you may never know it is there. Even a large benign tumor, that may grow very slowly over a period of years, may produce no symptoms even though it is the size of a golf ball or larger. ...Read more

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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


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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