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What can you tell me about brain cancer?

What can you tell me about brain cancer?

Lots to know.: This is hard to answer. Some brain cancers can be completely cured; some can't. Some can be small but in bad locations that cause a lot of disability. Some can be very large and cause no disability. Most are treated with surgery, then radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. Brain cancer is always scary, because... well, it's the brain! Try this link for more info: http://www.nccn.org/patients/ ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Can you tell me about surviving brain cancer?

Can you tell me about surviving brain cancer?

Depends on type: There are many different types of brain tumors. These range from relatively benign (meningiomas) to highly aggressive (glioblastomas). The survival depends on the type of tumor. I'm sure that a neurosurgeon or oncologist, who know the type in question, would be able to be more specific. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are there bracelets for brain cancer?

Can you tell me, are there bracelets for brain cancer?

What kind?: If you mean cancer awareness bracelets, the color for brain cancer is gray. You can get them in many websites. If you mean an emergency health bracelet that says "brain cancer", you can get that in the internet too. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes brain cancer in people?

Can anyone tell me what causes brain cancer in people?

No real answer: No on knows what really causes malignant brain tumors. There are clearly genetics which can be part of the story. There are probably also linkages to environmental exposures, etc....But not have been teased out. There's been a lot of stories about cell phone use....But that has never really been shown to be linked to tumors - we haven't seen a dramatic increase over the alst 20 years. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some brain cancer or tumor symptoms?

Could you tell me what are some brain cancer or tumor symptoms?

Good question: Symptoms can be varied depending on location, size and tumor. Tumors in the posterior fossa can cause balance, nausea, vomitting, headaches. Tumors in the supratentorial area can cause weakness, seizures, speech, word finding, sensory loss etc. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are signs of brain cancer or tumor symptoms?

Variable: Location and tumor size typically determine how a brain tumor will present. People can have seizures, headaches or even focal neurologic problems (similar to a stroke) such as blurred vision, weakness or difficulty speaking. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could brain cancer originate anywhere in the brain?

Please tell me, could brain cancer originate anywhere in the brain?

Yes: The majority of cancers in the brain come from somewhere else but several types of cancers can originate in the brain. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are shots they give in your head for brain cancer?

More info: Patients with cancer that has spread to the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain will sometimes have medicines placed directly into the fluid thru the skull using a special device called an ommaya port. Otherwise there are no standard "shots" given in the head for brain tumors. There are a few research studies of new drugs given this way. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if cell phones cause brain cancer/tumors?

Can you tell me if cell phones cause brain cancer/tumors?

No: Somebody may tell you this is "still under study", but this pathologist thinks the idea is just wrong. No theoretical mechanism. You can find that anything causes anything if you do a bad study or ask the wrong questions, especially retrospectively. In one big study, the tumors were more common on the side opposite the cell phone. Stop worrying and enjoy the benefits of today's technology. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stage 4 terminal primary brain cancer?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stage 4 terminal primary brain cancer?

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

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Can you please tell me how metastasized brain cancer and cancer that started in the brain differ?

Can you please tell me how metastasized brain cancer and cancer that started in the brain differ?

Different processes: Any type of cancer can spread or metastasize to the brain. Primary brain cancer starts in the cells of the brain itself. There are different types of primary brain malignancies, each with its own prognosis. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could minor seizures cause brain cancer?

Please tell me, could minor seizures cause brain cancer?

No: Seizures do not cause cancer but brain cancer (and many other kinds of injury to the brain) can cause seizures. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the brain cancer survival rate?

Can any doc tell me what's the brain cancer survival rate?

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

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Could you tell me what happens if a brain cancer patient goes into a coma?

Could you tell me what happens if a brain cancer patient goes into a coma?

Depends on cause: This is certainly concerning particularly if it is related to the brain cancer. After the other non-cancer related causes have been ruled out (ie. Drug reaction, hypoglycemia, hypoxia, seizures), then you need to worry about if there is exacerbation of the brain cancer. That is, is there increased size, swelling, bleeding that could adversely affect the brain function and thus lead to coma. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could an MRI miss things such as a brain tumor, or brain cancer?

Please tell me, could an MRI miss things such as a brain tumor, or brain cancer?

MRI: Resolution is pretty good, so it can detect early lesions in brain. Other cancers could be picked up with pet scan. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could MRI or CT scan detect brain cancer?

Please tell me, could MRI or CT scan detect brain cancer?

Yes: Any of those tests, particularly the mri, could detect cancer in the brain, be it one that started in the brain itself or one that came from elsewhere. Of course, no test is perfect and if the cancer is small enough, it might not be seen with either scan. ...Read more

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When you have brain cancer/tumor, how many different stages are there?

When you have brain cancer/tumor, how many different stages are there?

Single stage: Primary brain tumors (gliomas) are not staged 1 through 4 like cancers in other parts of the body. Prognosis has more to do with what type and if it can come out with surgery. ...Read more

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What is brain cancer?

What is brain cancer?

Usually glioma: There are dozens of different types of malignant tumors (cancers) that arise in the brain. Most often these arise from glial cells (gliomas). They can be managed for a while but are very seldom cured. "Brain cancer" can also refer to cancer from other sites that has spread to the brain. ...Read more

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Can u die from brain cancer?

Sadly, YES!: Cancers of the brain, be they metastatic (from another part of the body) or primary (arising in the brain) are a frequent cause of death. Tumors like meningioma are almost always benign and are successfully treated surgically. ...Read more

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Can brain cancer be treated?

Can brain cancer be treated?

Yes: Primary brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation (wbxrt or focal therapies such as gamma knife or cyberknife), and/or chemotherapies. Other cancers that have metastasized (spread) to the brain may also be treated. The prognosis and specific treatment depends on many factors and should be individualized to the patient with a multi-disciplinary team approach. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. Also ...Read more