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Doctor insights on: Brain Tumors In Adults

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Dr. Henry Friedman
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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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Only one eye is red in flash photo, the other white-ish. Is that a sign of brain tumor in an adult?

Only one eye is red in flash photo, the other white-ish. Is that a sign of brain tumor in an adult?

Doubtful. : While loss of the light reflex can rarely indicate there is a mass in your eyeball, brain tumors will typically not cause this. Brain tumors can cause swelling behind the eyes which should not affect how your eyes appear in a photograph. Loss of the light reflex and swelling behind your eyes can both be easily evaluated by visiting your optometrist. ...Read more

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Any ideas why most children have primary brain tumors and why do most adults have secondary brain tumors?

Any ideas why most children have primary brain tumors and why do most adults have secondary brain tumors?

Simply age: Cancer is very rare in children, and relatively common in adults. So children rarely have a "chance" to have a cancer elsewhere in the body which can spread to the brain, whereas adults have plenty of chances to acquire secondary brain tumors. ...Read more

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What number of adult survivors of childhood cancerous brain tumors are there alive today?

What number of adult survivors of childhood cancerous brain tumors are there alive today?

Many: There are many different types of brain tumors that occur in the pediatric population, each with a different prognosis. Overall, greater than 70% of of childhood brain tumor patients are alive 5 years after their diagnosis. For more information, see http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/childbrain/healthprofessional/page1/allpages. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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Is brain tumors soft or hard?

Is brain tumors soft or hard?

May be either: This can only be determined by the neurosurgeon during brain surgery. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Are brain tumors rare in a 23yo female?

Are brain tumors rare in a 23yo female?

Brain Tumor in 23 yo: Brain tumors are pretty rare in 23 year olds, but the incidence of brain tumors is increasing lately due to cell phone use and holding the smart phones up to your head. ...Read more

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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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