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Is brain cancer surgery a routine operation for neurosurgeons?

Is brain cancer surgery a routine operation for neurosurgeons?

No: Some neurosurgeons are very experienced in the surgery of a brain tumor and some are not. You as the patient need to know this in advance of having that surgeon work on you for treatment of a brain tumor. ...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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Good morning dr u there? Precaution after brain cancer surgery supposed to handle? Food and cells phones and tv and monitor screen how r they

Good morning dr u there?
Precaution after brain cancer surgery
supposed to handle? Food and cells phones and tv and monitor screen how r they

What Tumor Type?: If you're concerned about cell phone rf emissions you can use the phone in speaker mode. Cell phone risks have been difficult to quantify. There are also listings of rf emission by cell phone model you might research. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can facial squamous cell cancer lead to brain cancer even if the initial surgery was successful?

Can facial squamous cell cancer lead to brain cancer even if the initial surgery was successful?

Not usually.: If a skin cancer is deeply invasive through the skull, it can sometime grow into the brain. Sometimes a tumor can crawl along the nerves back into the brain, but this is more common with tumors like adenoid cystic carcinoma. Lastly, a tumor may spread into the blood and eventually land in the brain. All of these are uncommon, but depend on the stage and grade of the tumor. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with brain cancer and following the brain surgery my lymph node on the left side of my neck has been swollen and painful any idea?

I've been diagnosed with brain cancer and following the brain surgery my lymph node on the left side of my neck has been swollen and painful any idea?

Inflammation?: Sorry for your diagnosis. Most primary brain tumors do not spread outside of the head. Since you've just had surgery it wouldn't be unusual for there to be some inflammatory changes or even infection which could cause lymph node enlargement. You should bring this to the attention of your doctor for possible treatment or further evaluation. ...Read more

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My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all. He did not do treatment. Now it is in the brain. How long could he live?

My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all.  He did not do treatment.  Now it is in the brain.  How long could he live?

D/w his oncologist: Sorry for your dad's condition. Treatment, and prognosis would depend obviously on the stage, however, the type of lung cancer, whether he would do treatment now, what treatment, and how is the response to therapy would also affect the prognosis. In general, based on studies, people with stage 4 lung cancer -on average- with treatment could live for 12-15 months. It would be much less without tx. ...Read more

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If stage 4 breast cancer mets to the brain causing multiple lesions, and a lot of swelling, why would a neurosurgeon suggest surgery? To do what?

If stage 4 breast cancer mets to the brain causing multiple lesions, and a lot of swelling, why would a neurosurgeon suggest surgery? To do what?

Risk of herniation: It may be that one or more of the lesions is in a location which is at high risk for pushing the brain stem against the base of the skull causing a more immediate risk of death. It also depends sometimes on the status of the disease elsewhere in the body- if there was no other active disease, clearing it from the brain would put the patient in remission, even if temporarily. ...Read more

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How common is brain cancer or Anyrisms in a 25 year old ?

How common is brain cancer or Anyrisms in a 25 year old ?

Low: Aneurysms occur in about 2% of population without risk factors. If you have one or more relatives with an aneurysm the risk can be as high as 9%. The chances of the aneurysm bleeding are about 6-16 per 100,000, ergo most aneurysms never rupture. The incidence of primary brain tumors is 28/100,000. ...Read more

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How common is brain cancer to any particular group of people?

Ave: 6.5 per 100,000: Incidence of brain cancer for all races is different between men and women - 7.7 per 100, 000 men and 5.4 per 100, 000 women. Caucasians have the highest rate (8.4 per 100, 000 men), while pacific islanders the lowest (3.1 per 100, 000 women). ...Read more

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What is the most common brain cancer in children?

What is the most common brain cancer in children?

Glioma: Gliomas make up 75% of childhood brain cancer. Three main types: astrocytomas (often in the cerebellum and usually curable with surgery), malignant gliomas (glioblastoma and anaplastic astrocytoma), and ependymomas. Another 15% of brain cancers in children are medulloblastomas - these occur almost exclusively in children, and are more invasive and difficult to treat. ...Read more

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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


Neurosurgeon (Definition)

A neurosurgeon is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. This includes brain, spine, and peripheral nerve problems. The most common surgeries done are for back/neck problems, head injuries, brain tumors, aneurysms, and strokes. Training for neurosurgery is usually 6-8 years of residency training after medical school. There ...Read more