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Would smoking cannabis or drinking alcohol with a brain tumor cause it to have potentially harmful or adverse effects on the person;make tumor worse?

Would smoking cannabis or drinking alcohol with a brain tumor cause it to have potentially harmful or adverse effects on the person;make tumor worse?

Probably not.: Those substances have little in common other than being considered 'bad' by some people. Medical cannabis is thought to be very helpful for cancer patients in many ways. I've not heard of alcohol's benefits, if any, but no problems either. Relax. Consider asking the oncologist involved for an opinion. Best! ...Read more

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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Can alcohol consumption complicate a brain tumor?

Can alcohol consumption complicate a brain tumor?

Yes: Alcohol consumption may lower one's seizure threshold. So it may be easier to have a seizure as a result of the tumor. ...Read more

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If I have a benign brain tumor , and i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it ok for me to drink alcohol?

If I have a benign brain tumor , and i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it ok for me to drink alcohol?

Tough question: Since alcohol interacts with many medications and the brain functions, it is important that you discuss this question with your personal neurologist/neurosurgeon. I typically allow my patients to drink in moderation (no more than 1 drink a night) 6-12 months after being off all brain related medications. But again, please see your personal physician before acting on my suggestion. ...Read more

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I have a benign brain tumor, but i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?

I have a benign brain tumor, but i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?

Maybe: Alcohol in moderation should not complicate a "benign" brain tumor such as a meningioma or schwannoma. If you have a low grade glioma, then the tumor is not really benign. Whether your liver can tolerate the alcohol may depend on what drugs you have been on which were just stopped. Consult your doctors before drinking. ...Read more

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Help I have headache daily ?! Brain tumor ? I am very stressed, lack of sleep, drink alcohol weekly, is this causing headache ? Dr won't do mri

Help I have headache daily ?! Brain tumor ? I am very stressed, lack of sleep, drink alcohol weekly, is this causing headache ? Dr won't do mri

Stress reduction: Many times headaches are due to benign issues. Getting proper sleep, doing some stress reduction techniques, and cutting out alcohol (which can dehydrate you and also lead to headaches) can all help. ...Read more

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Is there a link between drinking alcohol and brain cancer?

Is there a link between drinking alcohol and brain cancer?

No: Brain tumors have few clear links to things that we do or are exposed to. ...Read more

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What would cause me to feel real shaky inside.. I don't drink a lot of caffeine. I do have a meningomia brain tumor had it for 10 yrs its grow minimal?

What would cause me to feel real shaky inside.. I don't drink a lot of caffeine. I do have a meningomia brain tumor had it for 10 yrs its grow minimal?

That Depends...: A general 'shakiness' can be due to weakness, or it could represent a metabolic condition unrelated to your tumor. Some meningiomas are benign and barely grow over decades, but some can cause irritation to the surface of the brain around them. I would have a thorough medical evaluation and a follow-up MRI to see which this could be. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


Neoplasms (Definition)

"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