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Can You Live With A Brain Tumor
It depends,,: This depends on many factors, like your health and the type of brain tumor you might have. If the tumor is a benign one like ependymoma or a meningioma, surgical resection can bring remission or even a full cure and a normal lifespan is possible. If the tumor is malignant like a glioblastoma multiforme or even benign but in the spinal cord, prognosis can be very poor with a survival of months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Some gliomas are low grade, grow slowly, and are highly treatable, so patients live many years with them. Others are high grade, rapidly growing, and respond poorly to treatment, and do survival is shorter. Age, extent of resection, and some other genetic, epigenetic, and pathological variables also affect survival. Ask your doctor for referral to an expert. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why are you worried?: It's not like the old days. I remember reading about a young man in the old, way-pre-CT-&-MRI days who had vague headaches & confusion for several months who 1 day just screamed, grabbed his head, & fell over dead. These days, with modern imaging techniques, brain tumors are almost always found before that happens. Why? Do you think you have one but are afraid to ask? Are you the worrying kind? ...Read more
Highly variable: "brain tumor" covers many kinds of tumor, some fully benign and very slow-growing, and some highly malignant and rapidly growing. If one has a highly malignant brain tumor and is not treated at all, it may kill within a few weeks of discovery, or even sooner. For benign tumors, failure to treat may lead to serious disability or even death years after the diagnosis is initially made. ...Read more
Lots of variables: It depends on the type of tumor, where it is located in the brain, if there is associated swelling or bleeding around the tumor, presence of tumor elsewhere in the body, patient age, etc. Too many variables to be able to answer this. ...Read more
How long can a person live with a brain tumor before it is discovered? How fast do those things grow?
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
Tumor origins: Brain tumors, like any neoplasms in the body, can be induced by an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. In other words, there are inherited predispositions in some cases. One environmental factors known to induce some brain tumors is radiation exposure. Unfortunately, there is much that we still do not know about how these tumors start. ...Read more
Most are random: All tumors result from accumulated genetic mutations that give a growth advantage to clones of cells. Most strike at random without clear environmental risks. A few familial syndrome (turcot's, neurofibromatosis, von hippel-lindau, lifraumeni, some rarities) feature increased risk for one or more types of brain tumors. If you have a brain tumor, nothing that you did caused it. Wishing you the best. ...Read more
Dumb luck: A few genetic syndromes put people at increased risk for brain tumors. Beyond this, we almost never find a cause. Tumors result from random mutations that become propagated. No one's to blame. Scientists who build careers by demonstrating new truths have failed to identify anything credible. The cell-phones claim has no rational or empirical basis. Best wishes. ...Read more
Depends on location: Some brain tumors are located in the frontal area and are almost clinically silent until size increases. Some early on may cause focal weakness, which looks like a stroke. Headaches, nausea, vomiting, visual blurring, and double vision can occur as size increases. Many tumors, though, may be picked up on routine MRI films. Some tumors start in lung or kidney and metastasize to brain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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