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If I have a benign brain tumor , and i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it ok for me to drink alcohol?

If I have a benign brain tumor , and i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it ok for me to drink alcohol?

Tough question: Since alcohol interacts with many medications and the brain functions, it is important that you discuss this question with your personal neurologist/neurosurgeon. I typically allow my patients to drink in moderation (no more than 1 drink a night) 6-12 months after being off all brain related medications. But again, please see your personal physician before acting on my suggestion. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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I have a benign brain tumor, but i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?

I have a benign brain tumor, but i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?

Maybe: Alcohol in moderation should not complicate a "benign" brain tumor such as a meningioma or schwannoma. If you have a low grade glioma, then the tumor is not really benign. Whether your liver can tolerate the alcohol may depend on what drugs you have been on which were just stopped. Consult your doctors before drinking. ...Read more

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Help I have headache daily ?! Brain tumor ? I am very stressed, lack of sleep, drink alcohol weekly, is this causing headache ? Dr won't do mri

Help I have headache daily ?! Brain tumor ? I am very stressed, lack of sleep, drink alcohol weekly, is this causing headache ? Dr won't do mri

Stress reduction: Many times headaches are due to benign issues. Getting proper sleep, doing some stress reduction techniques, and cutting out alcohol (which can dehydrate you and also lead to headaches) can all help. ...Read more

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After brain tumor surgery, is that going to cause a permanent amnesia?

After brain tumor surgery, is that going to cause a permanent amnesia?

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

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Why might a person die suddenly 3 weeks after having a successful brain tumor surgery?

Why might a person die suddenly 3 weeks after having a successful brain tumor surgery?

Many possibilities: Many possibilities exist. Pulmonary embolus, a blood clot to the lung, is something that brain tumor patients have higher chance of having. However, heart attack, bleeding in the brain and a myriad of other reasons exist. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor surgery?

How dangerous is a benign brain tumor surgery?

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

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How long will I have to wait after having brain tumor surgery to ride roller coasters?

How long will I have to wait after having brain tumor surgery to ride roller coasters?

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

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Can alcohol consumption complicate a brain tumor?

Can alcohol consumption complicate a brain tumor?

Yes: Alcohol consumption may lower one's seizure threshold. So it may be easier to have a seizure as a result of the tumor. ...Read more

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Would smoking cannabis or drinking alcohol with a brain tumor cause it to have potentially harmful or adverse effects on the person;make tumor worse?

Would smoking cannabis or drinking alcohol with a brain tumor cause it to have potentially harmful or adverse effects on the person;make tumor worse?

Probably not.: Those substances have little in common other than being considered 'bad' by some people. Medical cannabis is thought to be very helpful for cancer patients in many ways. I've not heard of alcohol's benefits, if any, but no problems either. Relax. Consider asking the oncologist involved for an opinion. Best! ...Read more

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Are there new brain tumor surgery options, like robotic surgery or radiation surgery, etc..?

Are there new brain tumor surgery options, like robotic surgery or radiation surgery, etc..?

Gamma knife: One of the not so new options is the use of gamma knife. Multiple sources of radiation are focused on the lesion, thus minimizing the damage to surrounding normal tissues. ...Read more

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I've had brain tumor surgery and 28 treatments of radiation since March .I've always ran low BP. In the pass week it's been running high 155/94.is thi?

I've had brain tumor surgery and 28 treatments of radiation since March .I've always ran low BP. In the pass week it's been running high 155/94.is thi?

Depends: It depends on what medications or your stress levels or both. If you are taking medications like steroids(think decadron) it's possible that a medication is causing this. Chemotherapeutics to treat cancers can also cause this. In rare cases a brain bleed can lead to increased blood pressure, and slow heart rates(Cushing's reflex). Nonetheless let your doctors know about this. ...Read more

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My father foot get swollen due to brain tumor surgery last 8 month back. What doctor you suggest?

My father foot get swollen due to brain tumor surgery last 8 month back. What doctor you suggest?

Swelling : Fort swelling after a brain surgery coul occur due to various mechanisms: inactivity due to weakness in ultra affected leg, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, venous insufficiency or venous thrombosis. Check with primary physician to see if there is a need for further specialist care or diagnostic procedures. Wish him a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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Are you able to drink alcohol after having brain surgery?

Are you able to drink alcohol after having brain surgery?

Maybe: I can't answer that question without knowing more about your history and why you had surgery. I would ask your surgeon that question. ...Read more

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Will someone with brain tumor survive after surgery?

Will someone with brain tumor survive after surgery?

Yes: Most patients will survive surgery for diagnosis or treatment of brain cancers. The neurosurgeon performing the procedure can discuss the risks of the surgery. ...Read more

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Is gamma knife surgery an option for a brain tumor?

Is gamma knife surgery an option for a brain tumor?

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 more

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I have a brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma. What do you do after surgery?

I have a brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma. What do you do after surgery?

Chemo and radiation: Surgery for anaplastic astrocytoma is usually followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This should be discussed in detail with your neurosurgeon and oncologist. ...Read more

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I have brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma, what to do after surgery, what to do?

I have brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma, what to do after surgery, what to do?

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

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Tumor Surgery (Definition)

This is a general term. Tumor just means lump or mass, but is often used to describe cancer. A surgery to remove a tumor can be quite simple like removing a lipoma which is superficial all the way to a very complex surgery like the whipple which is used to remove tumors in the pancreas. Usually the mass and a margin of ...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