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End Stage Brain Cancer Symptoms
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Many possibilities: See the answer given for symptoms of a brain tumor in teenagers. I think it is always best to talk to your primary care doctor if your child has some specific symptoms or signs you are concerned may be related to a brain tumor. This is a very uncommon diagnosis in children--and though possible---should be approached by your child's physician. ...Read more
Vraiable: Headaches, blurred vision, facial or one sided body weakness, or any other non specific symptoms. ...Read more
Many possibilities: I am very reluctant to suggest a list of symptoms that are associated with any disease, including a brain tumor. Although the use of warning symptoms and signs has its place in medicine, it is not a very helpful approach for brain tumors--since so many of the symptoms are more commonly associated with other causes. I would suggest you discuss any specific concerns with your teenager's doctor. ...Read more
If the tumor is small and not pressing on vital areas of the brain, depending on the tumor type, if benign or cancerous, it can be present for a very long time and undiagnosed.
A very aggressive tumor however, or a tumor that affects an important part of the brain will likely be diagnosed fairly quickly. ...Read more
Are localized headaches a relatively common symptom of brain cancer? What tests are needed to figure out what it is?
Depends on location: Importantly, realize that brain tumor does not equate brain cancer. Depending size and location of the brain cancer, various symptoms can occur. A large tumor usually creates headache, nausea or vomiting. Depending on location, it can cause many symptoms including; weakness, visual or sensory changes, aphasia (loss of speech) or seizures. ...Read more
Symptoms are obviously variable, but the best I can describe them, they are most similar to alzheimers, but much, much faster.
If the worst thing about alzheimers is how long it goes on, the "best" thing about end stage brain tumors is how short the suffering tends to be. ...Read more
Too many to list: There are many symptoms of a brain tumor but I really dislike listing them---too many people have some of them due to far moer common causes--but believe they now have a brain tumor and panic. I believe that if your health is not right----for whatever signs or symptoms you have, you should see your primary care physician who is best capable of deciding what is the best path to follow. ...Read more
Confusion,: Dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors. ...Read more
Brain tumors in: Children are most common in the posterior fossa (cerebellum), and cause pressure leding to vomiting and head ache. Kids can also become clummsy, and sometimes bang their heads in pain. If old enough to walk, may stop walking, stagger, limp, nd change handedness, or neglect one side. Fortunately, children brain tumors are more curable than adults. ...Read more
Different.: Many different symptoms, not really any single obvious symptoms as many different brain conditions can cause the same symptoms. To give you an example, brain cancer can give you signs/symptoms of a stroke, a brain infection, or even a parasite. A good work to describe the types of symptoms is the word neurological. Headaches, seizures, hemiparesis are symptoms that may be seen. ...Read more
Headache/seizure: Most people with brain tumors will have headaches that can be severe and associated with exam changes such as weakness or speech problems. Others can present with new onset seizures so anyone with a new seizure should be evaluated with a head ct/mri. Some brain tumors are benign but the aggressive tumors are called brain cancers usually glioblastoma. These must be followed after surgery/radiation. ...Read more
Reduce edema!: Brain metastasis induce leaking vessels, swelling or edema that increases mass effect and symptoms. Dexamethasone is a catabolic steroid, not anabolic, reduces swelling. It also turns off the stimulus to make our own cycling corticosteroids, so it must be tapered and never discontinued abruptly. These provide comfort, reduce symptoms. ...Read more
Why the concern?: A brain tumor is relatively uncommon, and in your age group, even less frequent. Symptoms can often be completely absent, but if you had cancer elsewhere, there might be cause to wonder about spread. Am perplexed as to why you asked question. Should we schedule a Concierge appointment to address this? ...Read more
Headache, nausea: New or changed headache, worsening headaches, vision changes/blurriness, nausea/vomiting, and sometimes balance problems are the most common symptoms. See a primary care provider as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms. Imaging of the head with ct and/or MRI may be helpful. ...Read more
If someone with brain cancer is given 2 months to live, what should his friends expect symptom-wise?
Depends: As the tumor grow in size, it will compress areas of brain that control movement, or it could cause headaches or visual symptoms. ...Read more
Varied: General signs and symptoms include headaches; gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting; and changes in personality, mood, mental capacity, and concentration. Other clinical presentations of brain tumors include focal cerebral syndromes such as seizures. ...Read more
I assume: I assume that you are referring to a grade 4 tumor - we don't really stage brain tumors like other cancers. We classify them by grade. Grade 4 typically refers to a glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive primary brain tumor with very poor surival rates. Most patients unfortunately die from their disease within 2 years. ...Read more
How is a regular headache and a headache caused by an early stage of brain cancer different symptom wise?
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