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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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Operated for Astrocytoma Grade 3 left frontal brain tumor.Will go for radio nd chemo therapy in a few days.Which precautions/alternative can be taken?

Operated for Astrocytoma Grade 3 left frontal brain tumor.Will go for radio nd chemo therapy in a few days.Which precautions/alternative can be taken?

Define your terms: Not clear what you mean by "precautions" or "alternatives." Precautions re XRT and chemo or for something else? The "alternative" to treatment is to do nothing; or to resort to traditional Indian medicine, which is the same as doing nothing, & don't let any well-meaning but ignorant laypeople or charlatans tell you different; unless all you're interested in is feeling better about dying. ...Read more

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Are there different kinds of brain tumors?

Are there different kinds of brain tumors?

Yes, many!: There are numerous types of primary brain tumors. Som arise from various cells of the brain , eg Astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, medulloblastoma, pituitary Adenomas, hemangioblastoma, to name a few. Other tumors arise from the covering of the brain (meningioma, hemangiopericytoma). Some tumors start elsewhere but end up in the brain (leukemia, metastatic carcinoma). All are very different! ...Read more

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Are there different types of brain tumors?

Are there different types of brain tumors?

Many types: There are many types of brain tumors, both benign and malignant (cancer). However, even benign brain tumors can cause serious problems, depending on where they are located in the brain. A large mass can damage normal adjacent nerves or brain tissue and block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Sometimes a mass can actually press so hard it can herniate another part of the brain controlling breathing. ...Read more

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Could you give me all types of brain tumors?

Could you give me all types of brain tumors?

I assume that...: ...by your question you don't mean you want someone to cause a bunch of tumors in your brain; you're asking what kinds there are. There's plenty of introductory information on line that a web search will turn up. If you want more depth, may I suggest "Brain Tumors: An Encyclopedic Approach." It's 940 pp long, price $254.78 on Amazon, but you can get a used copy for only $230.70. ...Read more

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What are the different types of brain tumors?

What are the different types of brain tumors?

Too many: link for information http://www.abta.org/brain-tumor-information/types-of-tumors/

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Are brain tumors hereditary, if not, what causes them?

Are brain tumors hereditary, if not, what causes them?

Very few: The cause of most brain tumors is unknown, but it is fairly clear that most are "sporadic", not caused by an inherited abnormalities. A small number of cases are, however, clearly caused by inherited genetic defects. Many of these present in childhood, not in adult life, but certain genetic syndromes cause adult tumors of specific types. You can get more details than this space allows. ...Read more

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Are brain tumors curable?

Are brain tumors curable?

Yes: Depending on the type of tumor and location, brain tumors can be treatable and/or curable, but often the treatment is difficult and true cure is not attained. Typical treatment involves some combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Are all brain tumors fatal?

Are all brain tumors fatal?

Not at all: There are numerous types of brain tumors, and some are benign, others are malignant. You need to know exactly what kind of tumor it is to assess likelihood of it being 'fatal.' Even if malignant, tumors can be treated and patients can survive for a period of time. Some brain tumors (meningioma, pituitary Adenomas) are usually quite benign and treatable. ...Read more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more