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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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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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Is brain tumors soft or hard?

Is brain tumors soft or hard?

May be either: This can only be determined by the neurosurgeon during brain surgery. ...Read more

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How are brain tumors treated?

How are brain tumors treated?

Tough area: Some brain tumors are benign (most meningiomas), but others are far more difficult (gliomas and secondary cancers). Treatment varies, but includes surgery, radiation, gamma knife, and occasional chemotherapy. If the situation becomes complex, additional interventions such as various medications, and shunts may be employed. ...Read more

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How are brain tumors identified?

How are brain tumors identified?

Imaging & pathology: As others have noted the first step to finding a brain tumor is an imaging study such as ct or mri. The former is faster and cheaper but may miss small tumors. Once a tumor is found, a tissue diagnosis is needed, either open surgery or biopsy. This would require a neurosurgeon to tell you what is best. ...Read more

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What are the types of brain tumors?

Several: The most common types of brain tumors are actually from the spread of another cancer to the brain. After this the most common cerebral tumors are grade 4 tumors called glioblastoma or gbm. Of course there are other benign tumor that come from the coverings of the brain. Other tumors can come from the fluid cavities or pituitary gland and have varied degrees of aggressiveness. ...Read more

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Are brain tumors rare in a 23yo female?

Are brain tumors rare in a 23yo female?

Brain Tumor in 23 yo: Brain tumors are pretty rare in 23 year olds, but the incidence of brain tumors is increasing lately due to cell phone use and holding the smart phones up to your head. ...Read more

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How come primary brain tumors are rare?

Blood brain barrier: Among the more common tumor, exogenous factors are frequent. Breast, prostate and lymphoma mostly viral in origin, same for vial sarcomas, squamous hpv lesion. These factors don't seem to cross blood brain barrier. ...Read more

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What can cause brain tumors in children?

What can cause brain tumors in children?

Brain tumors: In most cases of pediatric brain tumors the cause is not known. There are genetic studies being done that are starting to locate markers and mutations that can cause tumors of this type. There are also some rare inherited syndromes that have a higher incidence of brain tumors but these are rare. ...Read more

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What brain test can pick up brain tumors?

What brain test can pick up brain tumors?

CT OR MRI: A ct scan of the head or an MRI of the brain can pick up brain tumors. An MRI is a more sensitive test but takes longer to do. ...Read more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

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