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What are the side effects of radiation therapy for a brain cancer?

What are the side effects of radiation therapy for a brain cancer?

Many: Some of the more common side effects from radiation is hair loss, nausea, vomiting, weakness, fatigue, weight loss.
It is usually well tolerated although during therapy, you must expect the fatigue and exhaustion associated with radiation therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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How long can a person with brain cancer live without treatment?

How long can a person with brain cancer live without treatment?

Not sure.: It really depends on what type of brain cancer it is (glioblastoma, low-grade glioma, or spread of some other type of cancer to the brain). Without knowing this, it is difficult to give a answer. ...Read more

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My husband was diagnosed with brain cancer. He is looking at chemo and radiation. We are scared and confused. Please help?

My husband was diagnosed with brain cancer. He is looking at chemo and radiation. We are scared and confused. Please help?

ABTA: I understand this is very stressful. There are many patient support groups out there which may help; contact the american brain tumor association. Also ask your/his doctors for referrals for help. I'm sorry to hear of his diagnosis. ...Read more

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My sister in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and they removed a large tumor on wednesday. Theyhave told her that its terminal. Is there no treatment?

My sister in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and they removed a large tumor on wednesday. Theyhave told her that its terminal. Is there no treatment?

Terminal: A stage 4 brain tumor doesn't always mean no treatment. Depending on your sister in law's condition, age, presentation like being able to care for herself, or cognitive function can all be factors affecting her survival. Ask an oncologist for chemotherapy and radiation therapy possibilities- they can increase survival time but not cure. Best of luck to her. ...Read more

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Can you live 10 years with brain cancer with out treatment?

Can you live 10 years with brain cancer with out treatment?

Diagnosis?: Cancer means malignancy. When someone talks about "brain cancer" they usually mean glioblastoma or brain metastasis which are not survivable for that long. You can live with a low grade or a benign brain tumor but those are not referred to as "cancer". Need an exact diagnosis to answer your question. ...Read more

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After going through brain cancer treatment if it were to worsen what signs would show?

After going through brain cancer treatment if it were to worsen what signs would show?

Same as before tx: If symptoms get worse it usually is the same ones that took the patient to the doctor or emergency room. Generally the cancer grows back in the same location. This is not always the case but a good generalization. Any mental status change should be looked into. ...Read more

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How many chemotherapy treatment dose it take brain cancer to be done with the treatment

How many chemotherapy treatment dose it take brain cancer to be done with the treatment

As many as needed: There is no single answer, dose and duration depends type of chemo therapeutic agent and type of tumor. ...Read more

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Will tumer come back in stage four brain cancer if it has been removed and doing radiation and kemo?

Will tumer come back in stage four brain cancer if it has been removed and doing radiation and kemo?

UNCERTAIN: Sounds like a thorough treatment program is being undertaken, and a team approach using such approaches offers the best hope for remission and future stability follow your doctors' advice, stay positive, enjoy friends and family, treat yourself well. Many with brain lesions can do well for years. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My dad is 61 years old. He has brain cancer 3rd stage. Is radiation enough for him or chemo is also needed?

My dad is 61 years old. He has brain cancer 3rd stage. Is radiation enough for him or chemo is also needed?

Hard to say: I think you must be guided by what his doctors discuss with you. They know the specific type of tumor and its location and will be better to advise you on this. ...Read more

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Grade 4 brain cancer with 60% removed and the other 40% going across the corpus collasum to the left side will the new heat therapy treatment work?

Grade 4 brain cancer with 60% removed and the other 40% going across the corpus collasum to the left side will the new heat therapy treatment work?

Hyperthermia: Was tried in combination with radiation after surgery many years ago with mixed results. This was a lower dose heat to make the radiation work better. A new laser hyperthermia (auto-litt) is high heat which causes damage on its own. Early results are promising, but do not appear to be better than radiation and chemo which is the standard. All patients with gbm should be on a trial if possible. ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosed with brain cancer, more specifically a high grade glima. She is getting radiation/chemo. Should she be waking up with phlegm?

My mom was diagnosed with brain cancer, more specifically a high grade glima. She is getting radiation/chemo. Should she be waking up with phlegm?

No: I am sorry to hear about your mother's diangosis. Phlegm is a rare complaint among high grade glioma patients, though. Most patients with phlegm just have a respiratory tract infection. Dexamethasone (common in glioma patients) can increase susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections. Keppra (levetiracetam) (also a common medicine in brain tumor patients) can cause coughing.

Prayers for your mom... ...Read more

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My mom has brain cancer, more specifically a high grade glioma. She is receiving radiation/chemo. What happens to the dead cancer cells?

My mom has brain cancer, more specifically a high grade glioma. She is receiving radiation/chemo. What happens to the dead cancer cells?

Interesting question: Sorry for your mom, in normal tissues like muscle, liver etc non viable tissue (cells) rapidly localised by inflamatory process, scavengers cells the phagocytes arrive, engoulf the remanents dispose, some of the material difuses and disappers, firbous tissue scar forms. In brain similar process takes very much longer, that is the reason some of the collection need to be evacuated by surgery. ...Read more

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What does rehabilitation after brain cancer treatment involve?

What does rehabilitation after brain cancer treatment involve?

Varies: Pretty much what ever is needed. Often after brain surgery for a tumor, there may be weakness and loss of sensation on one side of the body similar to a stroke. Rehab seeks to try to help someone regain as much function as possible given their neurological function. This may include physical and occupation therapy as well as speech therapy for problems with swallowing or speech. Pain management. ...Read more

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Could I have info on carboplatin used for brain cancer treatment?

Could I have info on carboplatin used for brain cancer treatment?

It is available on G: Carboplatin has some but minimal activity on brain turmors, unless it is a child where it may be moderately active. It is no longer used for treatment of adult brain tumors. ...Read more

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What is radiation risk to brain from a panoramic or full-mouth series dental xray? Am concerned abt radiation exposure bcuz mom died of brain cancer.

What is radiation risk to brain from a panoramic or full-mouth series dental xray? Am concerned abt radiation exposure bcuz mom died of brain cancer.

Very Minimal Risk: I am sorry to hear about your mom and understand your concern. While no one can ever say that clinical x-ray exposure is 100% risk free, the risk is extremely minimal. You get more x-ray radiation exposure flying in a plane from New York to California, or from spending the day at the beach, then you do from a panorex or full-mouth series of x-rays. ...Read more

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My friend got diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer. What are the chance of her making it? How will she be after treatment?

My friend got diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer. What are the chance of her making it? How will she be after treatment?

It depends on Grade: The grade of the Brain tumors determines the long term outlook. If she has grade 3 (it is called Anaplastic astrocytoma) she may do quite well. Grade-4 tumors are the worst kind.
Ask her to go seek an expert Neuro-oncologist at a major Brain tumor treatment Center in the uS, if possible ...Read more

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A few years ago I had a face xray due to a broken nose. Do I have to worry about brain cancer now? Seeing as there was radiation on my head from xray

A few years ago I had a face xray due to a broken nose. Do I have to worry about brain cancer now? Seeing as there was radiation on my head from xray

Relax!: We are exposed to radiation every day. There's a lot in the environment. Some places have more than others too. X-rays & other imaging studies, are very safe, unless many are needed in your life. It is always wise to ask before any x-ray what the alternatives are. Your risk for cancer is higher with a high protein, or high fat diet, if you drink alcohol regularly, smoke, or don't wear sunscreen! ...Read more

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What are the signs of failed treatment of the brain cancer?

What are the signs of failed treatment of the brain cancer?

Progression of cance: The signs that treatment has failed- are indicated by the lack of improvement clinically -for example-persistent or worsening symptomatology; and progression of disease/cancer-i, e, enlargement of the mass -shown on imaging studies ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which are the leading cancer treatment centers for brain cancer?

Expert opinions? Which are the leading cancer treatment centers for brain cancer?

Several: You could pick up from one of the list:
university of california, san francisco,
duke university medical center, durham, nc
md anderson cancer center
new york university medical center, new york city
mass general hospital, boston. ...Read more

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Do SSRIs cause brain cancer? I had a ct brain scan and I'm afraid to take my medication because of the medication with the radiation exposure.

Do SSRIs cause brain cancer? I had a ct brain scan and I'm afraid to take my medication because of the medication with the radiation exposure.

Not a known risk: SSRI medications are not a known risk factor for brain cancer. Radiation from a CT scan provides very very low, but not zero, risk for cancer. But, typically the diagnostic benefit of doing the scan far outweighs the very small risk of cancer. ...Read more

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If my head CT scan radiation gonna cause a brain cancer to me I need to start worry about it after 5 years or 20 years and more after the scan? Scared

If my head CT scan radiation gonna cause a brain cancer to me I need to start worry about it after 5 years or 20 years and more after the scan? Scared

Very unlikely: If you are asking about the risk after a single head ct scan it is not measureable and is not considered a risk for developing a brain tumor. If for some reason you have many routine head ct scans especially if done throughout childhood there is a very small slight increase risk of developing a tumor but far less than. 5%. The low dose of radiation from modern ct scans is negligible if used safe. ...Read more

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2 CTA & 9 head CT. Studies online say going to get brain cancer. Upset. Thought only large radiation doses at once was bad. MD scared me over amount.

2 CTA & 9 head CT. Studies online say going to get brain cancer. Upset. Thought only large radiation doses at once was bad. MD scared me over amount.

Can be a problem: Cumulative radiation exposure over time can increase your risk of getting cancer. At 38, you are young to have had so many CT's. You don't say what your symptoms are to drive so many tests, but if they are all done for the same symptoms and are repeatedly normal, I would stop getting them. ...Read more

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If I'm 33 weeks pregnant and my father has been getting radiation therapy for brain cancer, is being around him dangerous for my baby?

If I'm 33 weeks pregnant and my father has been getting radiation therapy for brain cancer, is being around him dangerous for my baby?

No: His radiation is done in a closed shielded room. Once he leaves this room he is not radioactive and will not harm you or your baby in any way. ...Read more

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I am having short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments. Is there any way to improve my memory?

I am having short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments. Is there any way to improve my memory?

Many have catalogued: Cognitive deficits after brain radiotherapy treatment. Few are permanent, but some may me. Time will tell, and no specific post treatment pill fixes this. Another image is needed to assure that there are no anatomic causes, and there are issues like hydrocephalus that need evalaution. Formal testing of cognition can measure change, positive or negative. Discuss with oncologist/neurologist. ...Read more

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Short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments, what do you recommend?

Short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments, what do you recommend?

Monitoring & consult: This is not uncommon, and can improve, but without good pre and post surgical neurological and neuropsychological evaluation it can be difficult to determine the cause or course. Subjective memory complaints are often not related to actual performance. Consultation with the treating providers and a neuropsychologist would be a place to start. ...Read more

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I'm having short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments can you help?

I'm having short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments can you help?

Your treating Doctor: Ask your treating doctor. He/she knows your case much better than I can venture to guess. Memory can be affected by brain tumors or by treatment. There is no immediate solution to this problem; it may get better with time provided your cancer is under control. ...Read more

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He has brain cancer and been told he only has six months to live is there treatments to help him?

He has brain cancer and been told he only has six months to live is there treatments to help him?

Radiation therapy: I am sorry for your situation. I am not sure if he has a tumor of the brain or a tumor that has spread from somewhere else to the brain, . This makes an important difference in his treatment options. Either way, though, he can receive radiation therapy to his brain to reduce the chance of it progressing in his brain or causing more symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for brain cancer?

Are there any alternative treatments for brain cancer?

Not really: Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are the mainstays of treatment for brain cancer. These have the longest track record of success. There are clinical trials that are investigating the role of vaccines for brain cancers. There are also many trials investigating more targeted agents than "standard" chemotherapy. I am unaware of any nontraditional treatments that are as effective. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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