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Is a brain tumor cancer?

: There can be benign tumors in the brain like meningioma or acoustic neuroma. These tumors are not malignant, but can cause symptoms and complications, and are often treated with surgery or radiosurgery. There can be malignant tumors in the brain (cancer). These can be metastatic, or be of primary brain origin. ...Read more

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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


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Are brain tumors curable?

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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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Is brain meningiomas hereditary?

Is brain meningiomas hereditary?

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

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How is brain tumor different from brain cancer?

How is brain tumor different from brain cancer?

Brain cancer spec: Brain cancer is a specific type of brain tumor. Brain tumors are graded from grade 1 (benign) to grade 4 (cancer). Hence, brain cancer is a specific sub-type of brain tumor. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Not quite: A pituitary tumor arises from the pituitary gland which is underneath the brain. These may be quite large and cause compression of the brain or the cranial nerves. This would be considered a "brain tumor" in general language. Pituitary tumors should be classified in a category of their own from a technical standpoint. ...Read more

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Is pilocytic astrocytoma a tumor of cerebellum?

Is pilocytic astrocytoma a tumor of cerebellum?

In theory anywhere: In theory, it could happen anywhere in the brain, but most juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas are in the supratentorial brain (outside of the posterior fossa). Posterior fossa tumors are typically ependymoma, medulloblastoma in kids. Jpa's don't happen in adults (adults get lgg's, or who ii low grade gliomas..Just almost never who i tumors). Most stem lesions are not jpa's, but they happen too. ...Read more

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Is anaplastic medulloblastoma a brain or childhood cancer?

Is anaplastic medulloblastoma a  brain or childhood cancer?

Anaplastic medullo: Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor (or cancer) in children. Anaplastic medulloblastoma is a particular subtype of this disease. While almost all cases of medulloblastoma occur in children, this disease can also rarely occur in adults. ...Read more

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Is oligodendroglioma a malignant tumor?

Is oligodendroglioma a malignant tumor?

Yes it is: It is a low grade type of cancer. It usually has a fairly good prognosis when treated properly. ...Read more

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How are brain cancer and brain tumor different?

How are brain cancer and brain tumor different?

Pathology type: Brain tumor is a generic term that includes benign, low grade and malignant brain tumors. Brain cancer refers to the malignant category. When one speaks of a brain cancer, this may be a primary (originating from the brain tissue) or metastatic (originating from cancer outside of the brain). Treatment depends on the type of cancer. ...Read more

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Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Complicated question: Carcinoids are carcinomas, usually more slow growing than adenocarcinomas. For information in this topic you may consult this link: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/carcinoid-tumors#1 ...Read more

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What causes brain tumors?

What causes brain tumors?

Multi-factorial: There are 4 things that contribute to all tumors: 1. Genetics 2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc). 3. Aging 3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors). ...Read more

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Who does pineal tumor brain surgery?

Who does pineal tumor brain surgery?

Neurosurgeon: Most neurosurgeons can do this surgery. Depending on the size of the pineal tumor, you may want to call around to different universities or large medical centers and ask if there is a neurosurgeon who does endoscopic surgery and may do your tumor. But any neurosurgeon can give you the proper consultation. ...Read more

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What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

Need more info: I will answer for children as they get wilm's tumor. There are many types of brain tumors; some are very low risk while others are almost impossible to cure. Most wilm's tumors, especially those within"favorable histology" have a very good prognosis; more aggressive types that are spread throughout the body when diagnosed are much more threatening. ...Read more

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What percentage of ependymoma brain tumors are benign?

What percentage of ependymoma brain tumors are benign?

0%: All ependymoma brain tumors are technically malignant, meaning the cells are cancer and can grow into the surrounding brain tissue. However, most of these tumors (over 90%) are curable because the tumor is confined to one area, is slow-growing, and can be removed by surgery. Sometimes radiation alone is used for slow-growing brain ependymomas if surgery can't be performed. ...Read more

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High-grade glioma brain tumor, what to do?

High-grade glioma brain tumor, what to do?

Get best care: The optimal care for a high grade glioma will often be found at a major academic medical center. Treatment is first surgery, to remove the maximum amount of tumor possible, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, often together. All of this also requires good neuroradiology, good neuropathology, good nursing care and supportive care of all types. Don't be shy about asking for second opinions. ...Read more

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Could benign brain tumour turn into cancer?

Could benign brain tumour turn into cancer?

Not per se: Even "benign" tumors of the brain can kill. In general tumors with benign histology do not turn into malignant ones, but for brain tumors the distinction is not clear and there is a continuum of behavior of brain tumors. ...Read more

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What is primitive neuroectodermal tumor?

What is primitive neuroectodermal tumor?

PNET: Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET) is a malignant (cancerous) neural crest tumor. It is a rare tumor, usually occurring in children and young adults under 25 years of age. Check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primitive_neuroectodermal_tumor ...Read more

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Are wilms' tumors malignant?

Are wilms' tumors malignant?

Yes: Wilms' tumor is a malignant tumor of the kidney that usually occurs in childhood. ...Read more

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Can a benign tumor metastasize?

Can a benign tumor metastasize?

No.: By definition, a benign tumor does not metastasize (spread to other sites by invading the blood stream or lymphatic system). Extremely rare cases of 'parasitic' or implanted benign tumors (eg leiomyomas of the uterus) are recognized to occur in sites outside their normal origin, but this is thought to be a result of some form of tissue transplantation, and not true tumor ''metastasis' ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

A malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous) ...Read more