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Doctor insights on: Inoperable Brain Tumor Prognosis

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I have an inoperable brain tumor; radiation did not help? . Don't know what my options are anymore

I have an inoperable brain tumor; radiation did not help? . Don't know what my options are anymore

More info: What specific kind of brain tumor? Was it a glioblastoma? Did you see a medical oncologist? Some chemotherapy drugs may give you some quality of life if the tumor is sensitive to them. An experimental study may be of great interest to you, depending on what kind of brain tumor you have. See http://tinyurl. Com/l84zx9m for details.

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"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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How big does a brain tumor have to be for a doctor to decide that it is inoperable?

How big does a brain tumor have to be for a doctor to decide that it is inoperable?

Depends: It really depends on multiple factors, especially type of tumor and location.

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When it comes to inoperable brain tumors, has any research been done on using micro dots of snake or spider venom to kill the tumor?

When it comes to inoperable brain tumors, has any research been done on using micro dots of snake or spider venom to kill the tumor?

Cruel fraud: Scorpion and spider venom have been investigated for drug delivery and there are some reports, but it's still preliminary research. Anyone offering this to you is offering a remedy that is untested and almost certain not to work. Don't spend too much money on it. Having a brain tumor is brutal enough without some huckster taking advantage of your desperation.

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What is the prognosis for a neurocytoma brain tumor?

What is the prognosis for a neurocytoma brain tumor?

Good news!!!: This uncommon tumor was discovered in 1982 and is much less aggressive than most brain tumors. Get two neuropathologists' opinions if you can. A pathologist can spot microscopic features and may do a proliferation index to estimate your changes, but most of these do not recur after excision. Talk with your surgeon, and good luck.

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How common is a brain tumor in the u.S. Compared to the same age group in a non-industrialized place?

How common is a brain tumor in the u.S. Compared to the same age group in a non-industrialized place?

Maybe higher: It's hard to know for sure, because industrialized countries have better registries and are more likely to keep track of brain tumors. There may be a slightly higher rate of brain tumors in the us compared to a non-industrialized country, but the difference is small. Brain cancers are rare, with about 230, 000 diagnoses worldwide each year. Chemicals, hiv, and radiation are some of the causes.

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How is a brain tumor formed?

How is a brain tumor formed?

Abnormal cell growth: All tumors are formed from cells that do not follow the rules - they grow faster/differently than they should, not controlled by local and systemic chemical signals. There are many different types of brain tumors - some very slow growing over decades that cause no problems but may "push" the brain a little. But others grow very fast, damaging or "crushing" normal brain next to them.

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Early symptoms of brain tumor?

Early symptoms of brain tumor?

It is very rare: Headaches and seizures it is very unlikely to have brain tumor at your age. See neurologist if you want more assurance.

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How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

MRI or CT: These a days, brain mri's and ct's are the primary method of diagnosing brain tumors. These are prompted after the patient has a neurologic symptom or an un-relenting headache.

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Advice for a possible brain tumor?

See neurosurgeon: Please see a neurosurgeon and be evaluated. All the best.

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Do brain tumor symptoms come and go?

Do brain tumor symptoms come and go?

Yes: It can cause transient worsening depending on the pressure of the brain, which is usually higher early morning. It can also present with seizure, which might not be a typical convustion attack, but mimicking mini-stroke. Please seek medical attention, if you have any concerns.

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How likely is getting a brain tumor?

How likely is getting a brain tumor?

Good question: There are a few familial syndromes associated with brain tumors. Otherwise it is 6-7 cases/10000 people as national incidence in adults in the us.

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What are common brain tumor symptoms?

What are common brain tumor symptoms?

Complex issue: Tumors of the brain can be benign, malignant, malignant by position, or chronic and stable. Brain tumors can be silent or present as seizures or can abruptly produce coma and death. Primary brain tumors depend on cells of origin and location as to how they show symptoms. Secondary brain tumors may come from a primary tumor elsewhere in the body and spread broadly all through the brain.

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How do I know if I have a brain tumor?

How do I know if I have a brain tumor?

Neurologist: If you have symptoms which suggest a possibility of a brain tumor you should see a neurologist. If he/she thinks this a real possibility the best test is an MRI scan. Without any evidence for a tumor on an MRI you virtually certainly don't have one. Seek a referral from your physician.

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What can cause a brain tumor in humans?

What can cause a brain tumor in humans?

Etiology of tumors: Exposure to Radiation is the only definite risk factor for all types of brain tumors (meningiomas and gliomas) History of previous cancers during childhood (leukemias, lymphomas) Genetic conditions such Neurofibromatosis type 1 and 2 Tuberous sclerosis, Li Fraumeni, Von hippel Lindau, Turcot, Turner and Grolin Syndromes AIDS power lines, cell phones, hair dye and smoking not proven as causes.

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How can I tell if I have a brain tumor?

Symptoms?: Are you having any symptoms that might suggest a brain tumor? Headaches, vision disturbance, other symptoms? If there are symptoms you are concerned about, you should discuss them with your health care provider who can listen to your complaints, examine you, and request appropriate tests.

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How do you get checked for a brain tumor?

See a Doctor.: People worried about having a brain tumor should speak with their primary physician. The first step is a good history and neurologic examination. If there is enough suspicion of a problem an MRI scan with contrast is usually the best way to find a brain tumor. Sometimes a ct scan is done first to make sure there isn't a different cause of the patient's problems.

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Do symptoms always accompany a brain tumor?

Do symptoms always accompany a brain tumor?

Yes. But what: Symptoms depend on location. An auto accident may result from a visual field defect. May not be able to balance checkbook. A seizure. Pesonality change. Complex. Usually the symptom brings the patient to attention, work up, diagnosis.

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What will happen when a brain tumor bursts?

What will happen when a brain tumor bursts?

There is no such ite: It is unclear what you are saying. Brain tumors do not burst spontaneously. Your neurosurgeon can explain better and tell you what exactly happened

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What to do if I have a brain tumor or worse?

See a doctor: If you think you have a tumor, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

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Brain tumor growth and what are the symptoms?

Brain tumor growth and what are the symptoms?

Depends: Some of this depends on how large the tumor is and where it is located. Increased or severe headaches with nausea and vomiting can be a symptom, dizziness, loss of balance, visual disturbances, and even problems with hearing, blood pressure, speech, can develop. Any new, severe, or persisting neurological symptom should be neurologically evaluated.

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