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Could benign brain tumours always shorten life expectancy?

Could benign brain tumours always shorten life expectancy?

Should be normal: The great majority of the time, a benign brain tumor will not shorten the life span at all. There are a small percentage of tumors that are benign, but are located in a critical area of the brain, such as the brainstem. These may compress the brain and might be inoperable due to location. Fortunately, these situations are rare. ...Read more

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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Can anyone tell me does radiation or chemo actually offer a decent quality of life for the limited life expectancy of a stage 4 glioma brain tumor?

Can anyone tell me does radiation or chemo actually offer a decent quality of life for the limited life expectancy of a stage 4 glioma brain tumor?

Yes: For many patients (not all) surgery, then radiation with chemotherapy, and "maintenance" chemotherapy can give a good quality of life for a period of time for patients with grade IV astrocytomas. Half of all patients with current best therapy for these tumors live over a year, and most of that time should be reasonably good quality unless the tumor has caused irreversible neurological deficits. ...Read more

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I am 24 and found out a year ago I had a brain tumor which has been resected could I have had this the majority of my life?

Possible: You are very young and therefore may have had the tumor for some time. Different brain tumors grow at different speeds. A low grade tumor is more likely to have been there longer. Check with your doctor about the details of the tumor. This not only can answer your question but quide you on how likely it is to be controlled. ...Read more

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Can having a brain tumor during childhood cause a mental disorder later on in life?

Can having a brain tumor during childhood cause a mental disorder later on in life?

Possibly: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Can the life span of a person who has a brain tumor cancer be measured?

Can the life span of a person who has a brain tumor cancer be measured?

Yes: Average survival rates can can be given for the most common forms of brain tumors, but they are averages and some people survive longer and some shorter. ...Read more

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Talked to 2 different docs & they said since i've had 3ct of the brain n 1yr that i'm at high risk 4 brain tumor later n life i'm 21 why they say this?

Talked to 2 different docs & they said since i've had 3ct of the brain n 1yr that i'm at high risk 4 brain tumor later n life i'm 21 why they say this?

I doubt it: The radiation from a ct scan isn't much compared with the natural background radiation. If there's a slightly increased risk, it's far from "high". This is probably a misunderstanding. ...Read more

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What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

Need more info: I will answer for children as they get wilm's tumor. There are many types of brain tumors; some are very low risk while others are almost impossible to cure. Most wilm's tumors, especially those within"favorable histology" have a very good prognosis; more aggressive types that are spread throughout the body when diagnosed are much more threatening. ...Read more

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I've gotten epilepsy all ur life, then developed a stage 3 astrocytoma brain tumor recently, how will the epilepsy affect the brain tumor and visa vera?

I've gotten epilepsy all ur life, then developed a stage 3 astrocytoma brain tumor recently, how will the epilepsy affect the brain tumor and visa vera?

Complex: The epilepsy won't affect the tumor, indeed it may be a result of the tumor. Removing the tumor surgically and following with radiation and/or chemotherapy will help with seizure control. Some anti-seizure medications interfere with some chemotherapy, so your doctors will have to adjust what they give you to avoid problems with that. ...Read more

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How is a brain tumor formed?

Abnormal cell growth: All tumors are formed from cells that do not follow the rules - they grow faster/differently than they should, not controlled by local and systemic chemical signals. There are many different types of brain tumors - some very slow growing over decades that cause no problems but may "push" the brain a little. But others grow very fast, damaging or "crushing" normal brain next to them. ...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