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Brain Tumor Removal Surgery Twice
"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
Is surgery for normal brain tumor is dangerous? What is the percentage of death or alive after surgery?
Too vague...: "Brain surgery", as with all surgeries will have a risk associated with it. Survival rates, risk profile is going to depend on what type of surgery, why a person needs brain surgery, location of lesion, and underlying health issues (to name just a few factors!). If you need brain surgery, talk to your surgeon about all of your concerns - they are in the best position to give you the details. ...Read more
Very good: The success of surgery depends largely on the location of the meningioma. Ones that are alont the convexities of the brain that are readily accessible can be removed in their entirety with minimal morbidity. Tumors at the skull base are more difficult and often require more extensive approaches. These may be associated with higher morbidity. ...Read more
An acquaintance I know just had surgery to remove a brain tumor. They are now in chemo for a few weeks. What does this mean? will it affect their life
Significant event: Depending on the type of brain tumor, the need for chemotherapy and/or other treatments (e.g. radiotherapy) is a significant therapeutic intervention. Most likely there will be the requirement to be cared for by a team of doctors, from neuro-oncology, to neurosurgery, and radiation oncology. Regular evaluations including clinic visits and imaging will be needed. ...Read more
Depends: Location and size of the tumor is usually very important even in expert hands. Make sure to pick a good surgeon. In good hands, risks can be minimized. There is always, risks, with any procedure, including brain surgery. ...Read more
It depends: Gamma knife is a computerized way of delivering high dose radiation to a tumor without much of the radiation hurting the brain. For benign tumors like meningiomas and acoustic neuromas, tumors can be controlled for 10 to 20years and maybe more. Tumors have to be smaller than 3 cm (1 1/2 in) in diameter. Gamma knife can also slow the growth of malignant brain tumors. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have a mengimoa brain tumor along with trigeminal nerugia i'm have surgery the 21.What do you think about cutting the trigeminal nerve?
If a reaccurence of a surgically removed brain tumor reappears is it better to treat it in its early stage with cyberknife,rather than surgery?
Tough question: Michael, I am sorry to hear about this. Regarding the best next step, I would discuss it with a Neurosurgeon, preferably the one who treated you the last time. Then, get a second opinion. Ask him/her specifically if Cyberknife would be an option. Remember that you are the patient and that it is your health that matters. Ask questions. Be proactive. ...Read more
Chemoradiation: I would recommend proceeding with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. These tumors have a high likelihood of recurring. Chemoradiation gives the best chance to minimize that risk. Despite stories of how bad chemotherapy and radiation can be, these are 'life saving medicines' and 'healing beams.' I would recommend giving yourself the best chances you can. ...Read more
Location: It depends on the location of the tumor. If the tumor is close to memory centers then amnesia might happen, otherwise, if tumor is located in the motor center or sensory center of the brain then brain surgery might affect motion, sensation, speech etc based on the area affected. Always consult with neurosurgeon. ...Read more
Ask your doctor: Your surgeon who operated on your tumor must be the best person to guide you. So ask him. But in general most operations on the brain take 3-4 weeks to heal unless you have paralysis which can take much longer. I would ask you to go slow and temper your enthusiasm for ride roller coasters too soon. ...Read more
Not uncommon: Unfortunately, even with full tumor resection, only 80% of patients will have complete seizure disorder relief. 10% or so will note improved seizure frequency/intensity and the rest of the patients will have no improvement of their seizures despite surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My uncle got stung by a bee yesterday kinda under his armpit but more under arm he had surgery for a brain tumor about 10 years ago Doctor needed?
Watch for Infection: Check the skin of the area/site of the sting for the degree of redness and swelling daily. If it is going down, then you do not need to do anything as it will heal itself. If the welling is increasing or the area becomes more painful over the next 24-48 hours, then he needs to see a doctor for examination and treatment....?antibiotics may be needed. ...Read more
I have a brain tumor that sometimes causes seizures from the scar tissue from my 3 surgerys & I wanted to know if you think Ill be on the meds forever?
Forever is long but-: With that type of history of 3 surgeries and the formation of scar tissue I believe the only way to keep you completely safe from seizures due to the scar tissue irritating your brain is to keep you on medication. I know that's a long time. Maybe technology will change in your lifetime for this....not likely in mine though...PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) ...Read more
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