Doctor insights on:
How Can You Tell If You Have 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: The majority of cancers in the brain come from somewhere else but several types of cancers can originate in the brain. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- How can you tell if you have a brain aneurysm?
- How can you tell if you have a brain tumor?
- How can you tell if you have testicular cancer?
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- How can you tell if you have ovarian cancer?
- Can you tell if you have a brain tumor?
- How to tell if you have a brain infection?
- Can blood tests tell if you have cancer?
- Talk to a oncologist online for free