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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Brain cancer refers to cancer located in the brain. It can occur from a metastasis from a tumor in another part of the body or can originate in the brain. Symptoms of brain cancer include headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. It can sometimes be asymptomatic as, for example, in patients with small cell lung cancer. It is always best to use MRI with contrast to make an evaluation, since using a CT can cause you to miss ...Read more


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Hi I have got brain tumor (meningioma)frontal lob size 18.7mm , how much %the operation will be sucessful ?

Hi I have got brain tumor (meningioma)frontal lob size 18.7mm , how much %the operation will be sucessful ?

Depends : This depends on your definition of success. It is probably a near 100% chance that the surgery can be done safely and that you will have no neurologic sequelae with a small convexity frontal lobe tumor. The risks of infection are about 3-5%. The risk of recurrence depends on the extent of resection and the pathology of the tumor. Not all meningiomas are the same-some are atypical, some aggressive. ...Read more

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Gamma knife can be used for brain tumors of which size, can you tell me?

Gamma knife can be used for brain tumors of which size, can you tell me?

Small lesions: Gamma knife is effective in lesions about 3 cm in size. If somewhat larger, the cyber knife can be used which can handle lesions up to 6 cm. ...Read more

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Could the size of a brain tumor have any significance whether its benign or malignant?

Could the size of a brain tumor have any significance whether its benign or malignant?

Typically not: The size of a tumor usually doesn't determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant. I've had patients with very large tumors that are benign and tiny tumors that are malignant. Whether or not a tumor is benign or malignant depends on what type of cells the tumor is composed of. Often the only way to determine this is with biopsy. ...Read more

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Hello my brother suffering from brain tumor which is 5mm in size. Is it easily curable from medicine?

Hello
  my brother suffering from brain tumor which is  5mm  in size. Is it easily curable from medicine?

Need to know more: About the tumor. Some tumors can be watched, if believed to be benign. Others cannot be definitely diagnosed by imaging and may need to be biopsied or removed. Then decisions about additional treatment can be made. Please make sure the patient's doctor is involved. A neurologist and neurosurgeon may also need to be involved. ...Read more

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Am 45 y old female , had brain tumor on the frontal lob (maningioma, size 18.7mm), how much the % of operation will be succeful .

Am 45 y old female , had brain tumor on the frontal lob (maningioma, size 18.7mm), how much the % of operation will be succeful .

Good in general: These tumors are usually treated with surgery or radiation. The outcomes depend on complete removal in the case of surgery. The exact location might make radiosurgery better than surgery. There is a very good 10 year survival for this disease. ...Read more

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I had a brain tumor removed Dec of last year, it was the size of a fist. It has left me with some numbness on the left side of my body, and heaviness.

I had a brain tumor removed Dec of last year, it was the size of a fist. It has left me with some numbness on the left side of my body, and heaviness.

Recovery: You are fortunate that removing the tumor did not lead to paralysis (if the tumor was on the other side, it could have taken away your speech too). Recovery can take many months for the first noticeable improvements, but with work and ongoing physical therapy, you may see gradual improvement that can continue for years. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a hard, lump on my forhead. Its been there for about 2 years, and hasn't changed in size. Could it be caused by a brain tumor?

I have a hard, lump on my forhead. Its been there for about 2 years, and hasn't changed in size. Could it be caused by a brain tumor?

No: If you can feel it is extracranial meaning that it has nothing to do with your brain which is inside your skull. let your doctor examine it at your next office visit. ...Read more

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Can the spot on the back right side of my head be a brain tumor hard as a rock about the size of a marble? Need asap having seizures since sept

Can the spot on the back right side of my head be a brain tumor hard as a rock about the size of a marble? Need asap having seizures since sept

Skull: The described problem is likely a lesion over the skull, and does not represent a brain tumor. A cat scan will likely visualize and give info as to significance, but likely quite benign. The cause of your seizures due to brain pathology and should be identified if possible, and, of course controlled with meds. ...Read more

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Case of brain tumor (frontal lobe mainagiouma) repate MRI after 6month , it shows same but tumor size 1.5cm bigger i got some convelation ned adv?

Case of brain tumor (frontal lobe mainagiouma)  repate MRI after 6month , it shows same but tumor size 1.5cm bigger  i got some convelation  ned adv?

Your doctor's advice: Did you ask your doctor as to what it all means? You should be seeing a nurologist or a neurosurgeon to guide you for the future as meningiomas can be slow growing tumors which can cause problems if they grow beyond a certain size. Then surgical removal(excision) may be required. So remain connected with a specialist for a few years till the problem has been resolved. ...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


Cerebrum (Definition)

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