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Doctor insights on: Medicine For Astrocytic Brain Tumors

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Any new meds or treatments for astrocytic brain tumors?

Any new meds or treatments for astrocytic brain tumors?

Experimental only: Unfortunately, while a number of new types of agents are being looked at in animal models and clinical trials, there have not been major new types of treatments for astrocytomas which are approved for use as of recently. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. Also ...Read more


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Do brain tumors respond to any kind of OTC medicine?

Do brain tumors respond to any kind of OTC medicine?

Not usually: Primary brain tumors do not usually react to otc medications other than tylenol (acetaminophen) for the headaches they can cause. Fortunately, the chemotherapy for these tumors is usually very well tolerated and is a pill that does not require you to come to the hospital. ...Read more

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What are the best drugs for metastatic brain tumor?

What are the best drugs for metastatic brain tumor?

Not a simple answer: The type of drug to treat a metastatic brain tumor depends on the type of tumor. Drugs to treat metastatic breast cancer are very different from those used to treat malignant melanoma which are different from those used to treat lung cancer metastasis to the brain. ...Read more

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Hello my brother suffering from brain tumor which is 5mm in size. Is it easily curable from medicine?

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

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If a headache is relieved with over-the-counter medicine, can it still be a brain tumor?

If a headache is relieved with over-the-counter medicine, can it still be a brain tumor?

Yes: A headache related to a brain tumor can be relieved by otc medicines.

New or changed headache, worsening headaches, vision changes/blurriness, nausea/vomiting, and sometimes balance problems are the most common symptoms of brain tumors.

See a primary care provider for a history and physical. Imaging of the head with ct and/or MRI may be helpful. ...Read more

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Does Paxil (paroxetine) cause any negative long term health effects? I have to take it for depression. Does the medicine cause brain tumors or anything serious?

Does Paxil (paroxetine) cause any negative long term health effects? I have to take it for depression. Does the medicine cause brain tumors or anything serious?

Small Concerns: No concerns for brain tumors, cancers or other risks such as that at all. The only very small risk that has come up for older women is possible slight bone thinning (not seen in men) noted in those on the category Paxil (paroxetine) is in: ssri's selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Following bone studies a very small change was detected in a certain percentage of women studied. Further evaluation ongoing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are alternative medicine treatments for someone diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor?

Can you tell me if there are alternative medicine treatments for someone diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor?

Questionable: There are numerous forms of malignant brain tumors. No herbal, chiropractic, or other methodologies are helpful. Specific. Tissue diagnosis is crucial for the appropriate considerations of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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My mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane. What does this drug do?

My mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane. What does this drug do?

Slows the adrenal: Mitotane slows down the production steroid chemicals, which is the function of the adrenal gland. That's why it is used to treat patients with adrenal cancer. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane what is it?

What do you suggest if my mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane what is it?

Mitotane: Hi. Mitotane specifically kills adrenocortical cells (including adrenocortical cancer cells). It can help in the treatment of inoperable adrenocortical cancer (ACC). ACC doesn't usually metastasize to brain...is her brain tumor independent of her ACC? Good luck to her! ...Read more

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Bilateral sphenoid sinus, medicines used are clavam, xyzal-m,velgut and a nasal spray.have head heavyness whole day. I'm scared is it brain tumor!

Bilateral sphenoid sinus, medicines used are clavam, xyzal-m,velgut and a nasal spray.have head heavyness whole day. I'm scared is it brain tumor!

Starship Sinus: Those drugs sound like the cast from "Forbidden Planet!" or "Star Trek." When pressure builds up in your sinuses it feels like you have a brain tumor infiltrating your cranium ready to burst out, like "Alien,"any minute. And if it's that bad, so bad you're worried about something serious, then see your doctor for another exam and maybe some tests. In the meantime, stay on your meds, especially the spray ...Read more

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Is brain tumors soft or hard?

Is brain tumors soft or hard?

May be either: This can only be determined by the neurosurgeon during brain surgery. ...Read more

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Are brain tumors rare in a 23yo female?

Are brain tumors rare in a 23yo female?

Brain Tumor in 23 yo: Brain tumors are pretty rare in 23 year olds, but the incidence of brain tumors is increasing lately due to cell phone use and holding the smart phones up to your head. ...Read more

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How come primary brain tumors are rare?

Blood brain barrier: Among the more common tumor, exogenous factors are frequent. Breast, prostate and lymphoma mostly viral in origin, same for vial sarcomas, squamous hpv lesion. These factors don't seem to cross blood brain barrier. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes brain tumors to form?

Please tell me what causes brain tumors to form?

No one knows: The cause of most cancers is unknown. So ity is more an accident of nature. Or simply bad luck. ...Read more

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What medical condition causes you to have brain tumors?

What medical condition causes you to have brain tumors?

It is bad luck: There is no medical condition that causes cancer. Cancer is an accident of nature....it is like a case of bad luck...can happen to anyone but it is uncommon and not to be thought about under normal conditions of a healthy body(stay fit and do not overeat!) ...Read more

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What current happening in research for curing brain tumors?

There is some progre: Brain tumors are being researched and treated with increasing input from researchers. Progress has been slow but real. We have better surgery, radiotherapy and better medical therapies for treating brain tumors now than even 5 years back. There have been new medicines introduced in last 10 years. So there is definitely some progress, yet gbm continues to be a very virulent cancer with few survivor. ...Read more

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Are brain tumors curable?

Are brain tumors curable?

Yes: Depending on the type of tumor and location, brain tumors can be treatable and/or curable, but often the treatment is difficult and true cure is not attained. Typical treatment involves some combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Are all brain tumors fatal?

Are all brain tumors fatal?

Not at all: There are numerous types of brain tumors, and some are benign, others are malignant. You need to know exactly what kind of tumor it is to assess likelihood of it being 'fatal.' Even if malignant, tumors can be treated and patients can survive for a period. Some brain tumors (meningioma, pituitary Adenomas) are usually quite benign and treatable. ...Read more

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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 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. ...Read more

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Is brain tumors in your head?

Brain tumor: Very rare to have brain tumors but yes in the head, rarely a tumor located in the back could extend down to spinal cord, then it would be outside. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

MRI or CT: These a day, 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. ...Read more

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What could cause a brain tumor?

What could cause a brain tumor?

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

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What is the cause of brain tumor?

What is the cause of brain tumor?

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

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What is the cause of Brain tumor?

What is the cause of Brain tumor?

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

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Is there a cure for brain tumors?

Is there a cure for brain tumors?

Help/few cures: Some brain tumors are benign like meningiomas and a cure may be possible. Brain tumors from metastatic disease, or primary brain tumors like gliomas can be helped but cure is rare. Many childhood tumors of the brain can be cured. ...Read more

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What are the signs of brain tumor?

What are the signs of brain tumor?

Depends on location: Some brain tumors are located in the frontal area and are almost clinically silent until size increases. Some early on may cause focal weakness, which looks like a stroke. Headaches, nausea, vomiting, visual blurring, and double vision can occur as size increases. Many tumors, though, may be picked up on routine MRI films. Some tumors start in lung or kidney and metastasize to brain. ...Read more

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What is the causes of brain tumor?

Most are not known. : There are many causes of brain tumors. The most common are from spread of another cancer to the brain. Other causes are generic or environmental. ...Read more