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Medicine 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
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
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
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
Can you tell me if there are alternative medicine treatments for someone diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor?
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
What do you suggest if my mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane what is it?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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