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Healthy Food To Eat After Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer
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Precaution after brain cancer surgery
supposed to handle? Food and cells phones and tv and monitor screen how r they
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
A family friend had brain cancer(glioblastoma multiforme) at 14. Was cured and is now 35 and perfectly healthy. Is this rare? Is he extremely lucky?
Surprising: Don't challenge him on this, and don't argue. This is so uncommon that I'd consider the original diagnosis to be in serious doubt, or some other error introduced into the story for some reason. I've been in medicine for a long time, investigated a few remarkable claims and was disappointed, and know how hard it is to get an accurate history. Just tell him you're glad he is better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Since my mom's death from brain cancer 5 yrs ago, have become fearful/preoccupied w/health. Normal reaction? How do I overcome my fears/preoccupation?
Excessive fear: Being fearful/preoccupied with health 5 yrs later sounds excessive. While reading up on health issues (learning facts) may help somewhat , therapy may help more. A cbt therapist can help you challenge catastrophic thinking about health, while a dynamic therapist could help you explore lingering feelings or conflicts about your mother's illness and death that continue to haunt you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Giving a CT scan to look at the brain, but how long do the symptoms of brain cancer/tumor last, and how long does it take to diagnose?
Woke up this a.M. And found that my cell phone had been under my pillow all night. Should i be concerned about health risk from accidentally sleeping on it? Mom died of brain cancer, so i worry.
No risk: I wouldn't be concerned at all. The whole two-decades story of scared from cell phones and brain cancer showcases the crazy results that bad studies get from recall bias. Tell people that something causes cancer and they'll remember using it. One big study showed more cancer on the side opposite to where the folks held the cell phones. They don't produce the ionizing radiation that's dangerous. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Really depends: Are you talking a primary brain tumor or metastatic disease from another site. If a primary brain tumor, it depends on a few features - what grade - ie grade 2, 3, or 4, patient age, and other comorbidities. Grade 2s live about 10 years grade 3s live about 3-5 years grade 4s live if metastatic disease, survival is less than 1 year (if not shorter). ...Read more
My husband was diagnosed with brain cancer. He is looking at chemo and radiation. We are scared and confused. Please help?
If your friend is: Actually caring for her mother, she will need physical help as well as emotional help. But being a friend sometimes means simply being there. You do not know what she is goiong through, her feelings, or even the lationship she had with her mom. Listen. Your job is not to offer medical advice. Ask what you can do to help. Show up with tray of freshly bake cookies. ...Read more
My mom was diagnosed with brain cancer, more specifically a high grade glima. She is getting radiation/chemo. Should she be waking up with phlegm?
No: I am sorry to hear about your mother's diangosis. Phlegm is a rare complaint among high grade glioma patients, though. Most patients with phlegm just have a respiratory tract infection. Dexamethasone (common in glioma patients) can increase susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections. Keppra (levetiracetam) (also a common medicine in brain tumor patients) can cause coughing. Prayers for your mom... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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