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Can You Have A Brain Tumor And Not Know It
How long can you live a brain tumor and not know about it? Can you live 12 yrs with it and not know it?
Sometimes: Brain tumors come in different types, some benign and slow-growing, some malignant and often fast-growing. Clearly some patients go many years, even more than 12, without knowing they have a tumor, which can be shown to have been present if they happened to have had a head ct or MRI after, for example, an accident. ...Read more
"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
Hmm: Brain tumor will give lots of symptoms like headache, dizziness, memory problems and most oftenly seizures. These symptoms will be based on the size, location and type of tumor. Brain imaging will most of the time give a clear picture but sometimes brain biopsy may be required to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
Brain Tumor: It totally depends on the tumor. Some tumors are very aggressive and you only have days to weeks to live. Others are not aggressive and can be present for decades without causing death. ...Read more
Yes: Benign brain tumors can be very slow growing. They may be undected because of their slow growth or because they are not pressing on anything that may lead to neurological symptoms. Because some of these tumors grow so slowly (ie. Meningioma), it is not detected because the displaced brain or nerves may accomodate for the tumor until it gets very large. ...Read more
Confusion,: Dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors. ...Read more
If the tumor is small and not pressing on vital areas of the brain, depending on the tumor type, if benign or cancerous, it can be present for a very long time and undiagnosed.
A very aggressive tumor however, or a tumor that affects an important part of the brain will likely be diagnosed fairly quickly. ...Read more
Type and location: There are many kinds of brain tumors, depends on what type you refer to (histological diagnosis determines what to expect). Location is crucial also, some locations in the brain are unforgiving and people may not live long if tumor is pushing on the brain stem for example. Age and social support networks plays a role too. ...Read more
How can you tell if you have a brain tumor? What are the symptoms of a brain tumor? What should I look for?
Brain: Brain tumors can cause new seizures, new headaches (something different or worse than ever before), new neurological problems (like weakness or numbness in one part of your body), new visual problems (double vision or very blurred vision), severe constant dizziness, or any new neurological problem. As neurologists, we are worried whenever somebody comes in with a "new" neurological symptom. The reassuring thing about brain tumors is that we can just get an image of the head (ct scan and/or mri) and answer the question immediately. ...Read more
Imaging: Typically if symptoms are suspicious enough imaging will be ordered. This can be ct or mri, with MRI more sensitive. In many cases, if the MRI shows a suspicious area a biopsy or surgical removal will be the next step. This isn't always true, though, as some tumors can be diagnosed confidently without biopsy (meningiomas, vestibular schwannomas). ...Read more
CT/MRI: Doctors diagnose brain tumors through a combination of clinical history, physical examination including a careful neurological examination, and imaging, including ct and MRI scans. Mri is the most sensitive way of finding and localizing a brain tumor. The exact type of tumor is determined when a sample of it is examined by a pathologist, preferably a neuropathologist. ...Read more
Finding brain tumor:
It's not common to find a brain tumor on a routine physical exam. The problem with brain tumors is that they may cause no symptoms or findings. So yes, a normal physical exam does not exclude the possibility of a brain tumor. But, a brain tumor is less likely to be found if the exam is normal.
Progressive neurological deficit or a first time seizure are suspicious symptoms of a brain tumor. ...Read more
Depends: Could be primary in the brain. These can be benign or malignant. Could be spread from elsewhere. ...Read more
No: At your age brain tumors do not modified the size of the head... The growing is inside the structures of the brain.. ...Read more
Possibly: What can be noted is what is known as papilledema. This is swelling of the optic disc due to something causing increased intracranial pressure. It can suggest something is causing pressure but it does not tell what. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Neurologist: If you have symptoms which suggest a possibility of a brain tumor you should see a neurologist. If he/she thinks this a real possibility the best test is an MRI scan. Without any evidence for a tumor on an MRI you virtually certainly don't have one. Seek a referral from your physician. ...Read more
Symptoms?: Are you having any symptoms that might suggest a brain tumor? Headaches, vision disturbance, other symptoms? If there are symptoms you are concerned about, you should discuss them with your health care provider who can listen to your complaints, examine you, and request appropriate tests. ...Read more
Brain Tumors: The most common symptoms of brain tumors that people first go to the doctor with are headaches and fits (seizures). But do remember that brain tumors are rare and there are much more common reasons for both these symptoms. If pressure is increased inside the skull then nausea, vomiting and drowsiness. ...Read more
Low: It will announce itself as a personality change, headaches, nausea, or seizures. Less often, a focal deficit. Your physician knows how to screen you. You are at a very difficult age and life's hardships always produce some symptoms that mimic bran disease. ...Read more
In the abscence of symtoms the chances of having a brain tumor are low. This particularly in the case of the high grade ones which usually evolve over time and have neurological symptoms.
However, it has been estimated based on autopsy studies that up to 10% of the population may harbor a meningioma. These may be so small and clinically insignificant that they are found incidentally on MRI scans. ...Read more
It depends.....: If you are pregnant and have a brain tumor, you need to know the prognosis of your cancer. If the tumor is low grade, your pregnancy can continue, as you will have >9 months that the baby takes to mature....so here the Cancer is relatively harmless to the baby...of course you need to be thinking about who will raise the baby in case your survival is short. High grade tumors can be big risk to baby ...Read more
Brain Tumor: The most common symptoms of brain tumors that people first go to the doctor with are headaches and fits (seizures). But do remember that brain tumors are rare and there are much more common reasons for both these symptoms. Ct scan is usually the first test we get if is suspected. ...Read more