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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. 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 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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more