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Can You Live With A Brain Tumor
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
"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
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
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
Depends: Not sure what you mean by "brain bleeding". As for untreated aneurysm, if the aneurysm is small, regular, is in anterior circulation, if you don't smoke, and you have no family history of subarachnoid hemorrhage (aneurysm bleeding) - then chances are you can live long. But the aneurysm must be monitored: if it changes it probably needs treatment. Where is your aneurysm and how big is it? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Brain tumors whether benign such as meningioma or even the more aggressive tumors such as glioblastoma remain confined to the brain. Even the most aggressive tumor will not breakthrough the cribriform plate to enter the nasal cavity. Here lesions arise in nasal mucosa or are from sinuses ...Read more
Chances of a headache in a child being a brain tumor with no other symptoms. How do brain tumor headaches usually behave? Thanks!
Age?: We would need to know more about the headache, such as is it getting progressively worse, waking from sleep, etc, as well as the age of the child and her/his family and other health history. It is always best to see your child's pediatrician with this sort of question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: As a brain surgeon with a specialty in brain tumors, i frequently treat patients with brain tumors/cancers. However, i emphacize that the treatment is multispecialty and involves coordinated care with oncologists and radiation oncologists. This depends on the type of the tumor. Tumors may be benign, low grade or frankly malignant (cancer). Treatment and prognosis depends on tumor type. ...Read more
Half a brain.: A man may certainly survive with half a brain. One may even survive with no cerebral hemispheres provided that the brainstem is intact. That is the basis for chronic vegetative state. ...Read more
How likely am i to survive a brain tumor? If you have a cancerous brain tumor, what is the survival rate?
Yes: Most cancers in the brain come from somewhere else but primary brain cancers can indeed happen. There are different kinds, some of which are quite virulent. ...Read more
Yes, depends on type: This depends on the type, location, and size of the tumor. For example, a benign tumor, the meningioma if it is located in an area that is readily accessible may be surgically removed in toto. The patient may have a complete recovery with an extremely low chance of recurrence-thus a cure. There are however, meningiomas that are in difficult to reach locations, that may not be cured as easily. ...Read more
No: Sooner or later, it will cause trouble. The majority of these can be managed medically, with medication. Prolactinomas produce prolactin which is a powerful suppressor of male sexual function, in addition to damaging the surrounding gland. The treatment of pituitary adenomas is complicated. However, it's often very manageable, and there are many surgical cures. Get a few opinions. Best wishes. ...Read more
Benefits and risks: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is considered an extremely safe/effective treatment for depression & other disorders. However, a meningioma/other brain tumors are relative contraindications to doing ect. That said, it is not an absolute contraindication and has been done before with success. The decision is always based on benefits vs. Risks. Talk with your doctor to see if it makes sense for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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