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Is depression a common side effect of having a meningioma?

Is depression a common side effect of having a meningioma?

Yes: Depression or "adjustment disorder" is common with any cancer diagnosis. Also treatments, frequent doctor visits, and the effect on friends and family can lead to depression. Brain tumors may also involve actual brain functions as well. A support network of friends, family, medical team and counselors is helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can you die from meningioma?

Can you die from meningioma?

Yes: All abnormal growths in the brain are serious. A meningioma is brain tumor that can vary from very mild to very severe. Some are very slow growing and depending on the patient's age and risks for surgery "might" not be removed. Most are removed, simply because the earlier one can be removed the less the chance it could grow so big as to kill someone. That is too simplistic an answer. ...Read more

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What are the tests for meningioma?

What are the tests for meningioma?

Imaging studies: The only way to truly diagnose a meningioma is by imaging studies, of which an MRI with contrast is the most reliable. The most important thing to realize, however, is that tissue diagnosis (by way of a biopsy or resection) is the only 100% reliable way to diagnose tumor types and also helps to determine their aggressiveness (grade). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of meningioma?

What are the symptoms of meningioma?

Most have none: Most people have no symptoms at all. There are typical symptoms of brain tumors depending on the location of the tumor when the symptoms occur. These can include headache, nausea, visual changes and many more- again depending on the size and location of the tumor. ...Read more

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What is a calcified meningioma?

What is a calcified meningioma?

Bony-like: Meningioma is predominantly benign (~ 92%) set of tumors arising from the brain linings. They grow slowly. Some meningiomas contain cysts or calcified mineral deposits and becoming hard like a bone. ...Read more

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What are the complications involving meningioma tumours?

What are the complications involving meningioma tumours?

Meningiomas: A complex question as complications are related to location of the tumor, size of the tumor, and surgical accessibility - all of these queries should discussed with the surgeon considering the surgeon. ...Read more

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Is brain meningiomas hereditary?

Meningioma: These are benign brain tumors and are not hereditary. ...Read more

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Frenquency of MRI for calcified meningioma?

Depends: On size, location and symptoms. Your neurosurgeon should help devise a plan of follow up imaging to meet your needs. ...Read more

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Alternative medicines like homeopathy for meningioma?

Alternative medicines like homeopathy for meningioma?

Meningioma: Meningioma is usually a slow-growing, benign tumor of the protective coverings of the brain/spinal cord. They can be found incidentally on MRI scans -- and unless pressing on other structures, they're usually observed rather than operated upon. I do know of cases where homeopathy has seemed to resolve such tumors. It requires astute, complete casetaking by a skilled professional homeopath. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the survival rate of malignant meningioma?

Malignant meningioma: Malignant meningiomas are a complex tumor and the rate of survival is based on the patient's response to both chemotherapy and radiation therapy - these are complex tumors and typically need very aggressive therapy both surgical and postsurgical with chemotherapy and radiation therapy ...Read more

Dr. Mark Eisenberg
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Meningioma (Definition)

Tumors that occur in the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Most of these tumors are benign, but a small percentage can be malignant. Most people with ...Read more