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Brain Tumour Fears
"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
Get best care: The optimal care for a high grade glioma will often be found at a major academic medical center. Treatment is first surgery, to remove the maximum amount of tumor possible, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, often together. All of this also requires good neuroradiology, good neuropathology, good nursing care and supportive care of all types. Don't be shy about asking for second opinions. ...Read more
Pathology type: Brain tumor is a generic term that includes benign, low grade and malignant brain tumors. Brain cancer refers to the malignant category. When one speaks of a brain cancer, this may be a primary (originating from the brain tissue) or metastatic (originating from cancer outside of the brain). Treatment depends on the type of cancer. ...Read more
Neurosurgeon: Most neurosurgeons can do this surgery. Depending on the size of the pineal tumor, you may want to call around to different universities or large medical centers and ask if there is a neurosurgeon who does endoscopic surgery and may do your tumor. But any neurosurgeon can give you the proper consultation. ...Read more
Depends: As the tumor grow in size, it will compress areas of brain that control movement, or it could cause headaches or visual symptoms. ...Read more
Some do, some don't: A lot depends on the location of the tumor, it's size, the swelling around it, which fiber tracks are blocked and chemicals emitted from the tumor, as well as the person's psychological reaction to having a brain tumor, family support, accurate and timely treatment, etc. ...Read more
Do you have one?: Have you been diagnosed with a pituitary tumor? I suppose it's possible for a pituitary tumor to cause those symptoms, e.g. secondary hypothyroidism; but usually there are also physical symptoms. If you mean a BIG GROWING tumor, you shouldn't have that without also developing a bitemporal hemianopsia and walking into doorposts and walls. Why does this in particular worry you? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not per se: Even "benign" tumors of the brain can kill. In general tumors with benign histology do not turn into malignant ones, but for brain tumors the distinction is not clear and there is a continuum of behavior of brain tumors. ...Read more
They can: The diagnostic yield of increased with use of IV contrast material as some tumors disrupt the so called blood brain barrier affording the contrast the ability to infiltrate from the blood stream into the tumor. Small tumors that have not disrupted the integrity of blood vessels may escape detection on CT especially if the have the same radiographic tissue density as their surrounding tissue. ...Read more
Can anxiety cause short term memory probs? Like where you put your keys, phone, ect? Worried about brain tumor! Memory problems = brain tumor?
Left side craniotomy, non emergent for pituitary tumor, benign. 5dys after, right eye not opening, OCD behavior, forgetful, agitated.
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. ...Read more
I think I have palinopsia and scared to death it means a brain tumor. I'm seeing a neurologist on monday but i'm paralyzed with fear. I need a scan!
Not so simple: Neither you nor your doctors can diagnose brain tumor so easily. I actually do not even know the meaning of this word...Palinopsia. So just calm down. Unless you have a serious neurological symptom like a seizure or loss of neuro function like paralysis, you can not be too concerned about having a brian tumor. I hope this will help you get through this next few days before you see your neurologis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had anxiety and depression for 2 months now. in those 2 months my memory got worse . To te point of fearing a brain tumor. Have severe brain fog?
Cognitive changes: Most likely your emotional issues are affecting your focus and concentration, and there may well be a secondary sleep disorder problem. Nutritional and vitamin deficiencies need to be also considered. Have a psychiatrist start to sort out all of this, as treatment may reverse most if not all. Doubt this would be caused by a brain tumor. ?Concierge visit? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Headache that is sometimes worse sometimes better coupled with some memory trouble. Have anxiety and depression. can's shake the fear of brain tumor.
There is a solution: Headaches are common and most often related to stress(Tension headache). Brain tumor is an uncommon cause of headache. If you are that worried about brain tumor, it is easy to check for this, with an X-ray. But you need to see a doctor who can then guide you and order either CT scan or MRI of the brain to check for brain tumor which is easy to detect with one of these tests. ...Read more
Had a fear of brain tumor for 7 months. Ct scan without contrast was clean. Would I be having severe symptoms by now if it was malignant?
Brain tumors aren't easily categorized into benign or malignant: Although the most aggressive type of brain tumor, glioblastoma, would likely be causing severe symptoms by now, there are other types of brain tumors that can be serious but not grow as quickly. The majority, however, would be associated with progressive symptoms during this time period. An MRI is the best test to evaluate potential masses in the brain. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with anxiety and I take sertraline. My fear is brain tumor. I have tension headaches. 5 doctors said so. But my fear is still hr?
Automatic throughts: Our thoughts are very automatic and our mind is looking for answers. If she interprets her nausea as something to be afraid of, her mind will suggest possibilities and could include cancer. The key is to not always believe the first interpretation of a situation. She may benefit from going to a doctor and also a therapist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why would my doc give me a CT scan for my brain tumor fears if it doesn't pick up tumors? (he said I have no symptoms of one...Which is true)
CT scans show tumors: Why do you have a fear of a brain tumor, if you say you have no symptoms of one? It is not true that ct scans do not show tumors. However, MRI scans usually reveal more than ct scans do. But MRI scans are much more expensive. Perhaps this is why ct scanning was chosen. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can anxiety cause brain tumor-like symptoms? I fear that I have a brain tumor because i started getting nauseated and weak fatigued and muscle shaking
Yes.: Symptoms raising concern for brain tumor vary depending on the part of the brain they affect. Uncontrollable nausea and vomiting (without diarrhea), dizziness, vertigo or focal weakness or sensory loss in one part of your body on one side of your body would be symptoms to watch for. Brain tumors are rare, and it's much more likely your symptoms are due to anxiety. A neurologist could help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fear of brain tumor is making me miserable. I have tmd, but dentist told me that it wouldn't account for mild pain around eyes. Seeing gp in 2 days.
Brain tumor unlikely: Brain tumor is among least likely causes of your symptoms. Don't burden yourself with unwarranted worry. Let your doctor address symptoms with step by step approach, starting with thorough history & physical exam. If there are warning signs of something serious, or symptoms aren't responding to treatment for common things, then imaging can be done. But take comfort in the low likelihood of tumor. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I was diagnosed with GAD and neck muscle spasm. I get daily chtonic headaches due to the spasm but I fear Brain tumor. Dr won't send m for mri. Help?
Second opinion: Chronic headache might cause anyone to worry. In satisfying differential diagnostic problems, doctors properly examine & test patients to rule in & rule out disorders. When no organic causes are discovered, only then should functional & psychological disorders rise to top of differential list. Sometimes definitive studies, including imaging studies, are therapeutic; as negative results are shown. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a CT scan also scan for brain tumors? I had a CT scan done a while ago to check my sinuses, but now i fear i may have a brain tumor. I was wondering if a doctor could look at the same CT scan to check for brain tumors.
Probably not.: A ct of the sinuses wouldn't get much of a look at the brain. An MRI of the brain would be the best test for a brain tumor. Of course i don't know anything about you, but fearing you have a brain tumor is often separate from actually having one, fortunately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I fear I might have a brain tumor. I have memory loss, confusion, excruciating headaches, loss of appetite, balance problems, etc. Thoughts? 16yo girl
Not so fast ...: You can perform at your best when properly nourished (not hungry), rested (no sleep deficit), well (checkup) and is familiar settings (not new).Common things are more likely to trigger the issues you report, rather than a rare condition.You need to meet with your doc and bring along a list.Write down a description of all your issues, how they started, etc so you don't forget any. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a fear of suddenly developing meningitis or having a brain tumour. Are these rare? I have bad anxiety.
Both are rare: There is a vaccine that will definitely help protect against bacterial meningitis, but it is still rare even without this new advancement. Brain tumors are also exceedingly rare. It is important to find somebody to talk to about your anxiety/fears, be it a parent, other family member, guidance counselor or social worker, life coach or mental health professional. No shame in feeling this way. ...Read more
I had headaches lately I think it was due to lack of rest with rest they left but I fear a brain tumor I had nausea only when I ate something.anxiety?
Horrible fear of brain tumor and esophageal cancer for 2 months. Psychiatrist said i have GAD and severe depression. have dysphagia,memory trouble etc?
For 2 years I have pressure between my eyes. I've been to 8 doctors including neurologist. No MRI. They said neck spasms. I fear brain tumor.
I want to know wether I should get the flu shot. I have a complex health history. Had a brain tumour removed (prolactinoma and ACTH secreting tumor) with a very complex health profile?
Usually yes: There is no reason for a person not to get a flu shot just because he has a complex medical history, unless he had a prior bad reaction to a previous flu shot. A person with a complex medical history does NOT want an added influenza illness, and may do worse than a non-complex person would, if both were to catch influenza. Thus, sicker people have more reason to get vaccinated. ...Read more
How common is a brain tumor in the u.S. Compared to the same age group in a non-industrialized place?
Maybe higher: It's hard to know for sure, because industrialized countries have better registries and are more likely to keep track of brain tumors. There may be a slightly higher rate of brain tumors in the us compared to a non-industrialized country, but the difference is small. Brain cancers are rare, with about 230, 000 diagnoses worldwide each year. Chemicals, hiv, and radiation are some of the causes. ...Read more
I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more
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