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Is Brain Tumor Curable
"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
It depends: There are several types of brain tumors. They can be primary brain tumors or often the tumor may come from another cancer outside of the brain. Primary brain cancer can have a good prognosis if they are low grade (glioma) or poor results if the brain tumor is of the high grade (also called glioblastoma). Nearly 50-60% of the brain tumors are not curable, yet the treatment can extend life. ...Read more
It is possible, but:
Higher grade tumors are more aggressive and generally harder to control or cure.
Please make sure to have a team of physicians working together to optimize a plan of treatment which may include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
That will provide the best possible plan for fighting this tumor. ...Read more
Depends: Some gliomas in the stem are focal and low grade, and may be located in places where they can be operated upon successfully and safely. However "brainstem glioma" is most often used to describe diffuse infiltrating pontine gliomas, which are high grade and almost always fatal. These are most commonly seen in children. ...Read more
Hello my brother suffering from brain tumor which is 5mm in size. Is it easily curable from medicine?
Need to know more: About the tumor. Some tumors can be watched, if believed to be benign. Others cannot be definitely diagnosed by imaging and may need to be biopsied or removed. Then decisions about additional treatment can be made. Please make sure the patient's doctor is involved. A neurologist and neurosurgeon may also need to be involved. ...Read more
If you were to generalize brain tumors, and not focus on a single type but all of them, from 1 - 10, is it curable?
Interesting question: Hello young man. Thanks for wanting to increase your medical acumen and vocabulary power by writing questions here on HealthTap. Unfortunately, your age requires that there be parental supervision/permission in order to answer questions for you. If one of your parents would start an account for themselves then, they could ask questions on your behalf. Have a nice holiday season and be safe. ...Read more
Tumor origins: Brain tumors, like any neoplasms in the body, can be induced by an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. In other words, there are inherited predispositions in some cases. One environmental factors known to induce some brain tumors is radiation exposure. Unfortunately, there is much that we still do not know about how these tumors start. ...Read more
Most are random: All tumors result from accumulated genetic mutations that give a growth advantage to clones of cells. Most strike at random without clear environmental risks. A few familial syndrome (turcot's, neurofibromatosis, von hippel-lindau, lifraumeni, some rarities) feature increased risk for one or more types of brain tumors. If you have a brain tumor, nothing that you did caused it. Wishing you the best. ...Read more
Dumb luck: A few genetic syndromes put people at increased risk for brain tumors. Beyond this, we almost never find a cause. Tumors result from random mutations that become propagated. No one's to blame. Scientists who build careers by demonstrating new truths have failed to identify anything credible. The cell-phones claim has no rational or empirical basis. Best wishes. ...Read more
Headache, nausea, visi: Symptoms of brain tumor depend on location and size of the tumor. Hradache more frequent and severe, nausea&vomiting, visual problems, seizures, weakness or loss of function in arm or leg, speech difficulty, hearing problem, confusion, personality and behaviour changes. ...Read more
There are none: Brain tumors rarely develop extra neural metastases. They are graded based on pathology. Gx cannot be graded, g1 well differentiated, g2 moderately differentiated, g3 poorly differentiated, g4 undifferentiated. The reason why there is rarely metastasis is because the brain does not have a well-developed lymphatic drainage system. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Why?: Why would they say that? Based on what evidence? If this is just someone you know who is not a physician or has no medical training, then I would not put much faith in what they are telling you. ...Read more
Hmm: Brain tumor will give lots of symptoms like headache, dizziness, memory problems and most oftenly seizures. These symptoms will be based on the size, location and type of tumor. Brain imaging will most of the time give a clear picture but sometimes brain biopsy may be required to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
Brain tumor: This depends upon the size and location of the tumor, as well as whether the tumor is benign or malignant (cancer). A small benign tumor may exist for years and you may never know it is there. Even a large benign tumor, that may grow very slowly over a period of years, may produce no symptoms even though it is the size of a golf ball or larger. ...Read more
Size & location: It depends on the location, the size, and the rate of growth. Recurring headaches which stay in one location are common but there are many other causes. New onset seizure, change in personality, partial loss of vision or symptoms of stroke are other typical presentations but none are specific. Ct or MRI can rule in/out a brain tumor reliably. ...Read more
Brain Tumors: The most common symptoms of brain tumors that people first go to the doctor with are headaches and fits (seizures). But do remember that brain tumors are rare and there are much more common reasons for both these symptoms. If pressure is increased inside the skull then nausea, vomiting and drowsiness. ...Read more
Symptoms ; Imaging:
People with brain tumors often suffer from:
sensory (touch) and motor (movement control) loss
deep venous thrombosis (dvt, or blood clot)
behavioral and cognitive (thinking) changes
endocrine dysfunction (hormone/gland changes). ...Read more
Low: It will announce itself as a personality change, headaches, nausea, or seizures. Less often, a focal deficit. Your physician knows how to screen you. You are at a very difficult age and life's hardships always produce some symptoms that mimic bran disease. ...Read more
What symptoms do you have? How long have you had these? Are these constant or come and go? Have you lost weight? Did you have any seizures?
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Talking to Doctors: There are no 'warning signs'. It is always better to be specific about your own symptoms when asking doctors for help. Ambiguous and generalities are never a way to get good valid medical advice about your specific concerns. ...Read more