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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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Losing Weight is also known as Lose weight. 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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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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What does rehabilitation after brain cancer treatment involve?

Improving abilities: Anything that effects the brain will result in a patient having difficulties. Strokes, trauma or cancer can cause someone to lose various functions and specialists in physical medicine and rehab use physical therapy and occupational therapy to improve a persons strength and skills, building on what a patient can do to help themselves accomplish activities of daily life. ...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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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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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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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?

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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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 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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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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. Henry Friedman
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Brain Cancer (Definition)

Dr. Lawson is correct in adults. In kids, the most common version of brain tumor is primary to the brain. There are many types of tumors that both start in the brain and "go" to the brain. If you ignore the types that go to the brain, in adults the 20% that start in the brain can vary from very malignant (gbm) to very benign (meningioma). In kids, tumors are varied as well but ...Read more