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What symptoms does someone with childhood brain tumors have?

What symptoms does someone with childhood brain tumors have?

Variable: It depends on where in the brain it is. Early morning vomiting could be one. Depending on the area it is and the function or surrounding structures of the area will determine the symptoms. The brain in divided into different areas and the symptoms will relate to it. ...Read more

Dr. Douglas Clark
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Childhood Brain Tumors (Definition)

Childhood brain tumors are uncommon, and are considered orphan diseases. The primitive neuroectodermal tumor and astrocytoma are most common, although there are a number of varieties of types. As opposed to adult brain tumors, there is a higher incidence of these in the posterior fossa rather than supratentorially. These tumors require a ...Read more


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I want to know my options for treating childhood brain tumors?

I want to know my options for treating childhood brain tumors?

Depends: There are a number of different types of tumors, requiring different therapies or combinations of therapies. They include surgery, radiation and chemotherapeutic regimes. Some grow so slowly, they are simply watched over time. And some unfortunately are incurable. If you need more specifics, you need to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Childhood brain tumors?

What is the definition or description of: Childhood brain tumors?

Number of types: Childhood brain tumors are uncommon, and are considered orphan diseases. The primitive neuroectodermal tumor and astrocytoma are most common, although there are a number of varieties of types. As opposed to adult brain tumors, there is a higher incidence of these in the posterior fossa rather than supratentorially. These tumors require a multidisciplinary approach for management. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for childhood brain tumors?

Are there good alternative therapies for childhood brain tumors?

There Are None: There are a number of different types of tumors, requiring different therapies or combinations of therapies. They include surgery, radiation and chemotherapeutic regimes. Some grow so slowly, they are simply watched over time. And some unfortunately are incurable. If you need more specifics, you need to consult your doctor. Alternative therapies, such as holisti, chiropractic do not cure at all. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a childhood brain tumor?

Varies: A tumor or growth, involving the brain during childhood. Can be malignant (cancerous) or benign. Almost always serious due to the brain being involved. Modern surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can treat effectively in many of the cases. ...Read more

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Can having a brain tumor during childhood cause a mental disorder later on in life?

Can having a brain tumor during childhood cause a mental disorder later on in life?

Possibly: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What number of adult survivors of childhood cancerous brain tumors are there alive today?

What number of adult survivors of childhood cancerous brain tumors are there alive today?

Many: There are many different types of brain tumors that occur in the pediatric population, each with a different prognosis. Overall, greater than 70% of of childhood brain tumor patients are alive 5 years after their diagnosis. For more information, see

http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/childbrain/healthprofessional/page1/allpages. ...Read more

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What children are more likely to have childhood cancers/ brain tumor (brain cancer)?

What children are more likely to have childhood cancers/ brain tumor (brain cancer)?

Unlucky children: With very rare exceptions where a child has inherited a cancer predisposition gene, we do not understand what makes a child susceptible to developing a brain tumor. ...Read more

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What can cause brain tumors in children?

What can cause brain tumors in children?

Brain tumors: In most cases of pediatric brain tumors the cause is not known. There are genetic studies being done that are starting to locate markers and mutations that can cause tumors of this type. There are also some rare inherited syndromes that have a higher incidence of brain tumors but these are rare. ...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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Any ideas why most children have primary brain tumors and why do most adults have secondary brain tumors?

Any ideas why most children have primary brain tumors and why do most adults have secondary brain tumors?

Simply age: Cancer is very rare in children, and relatively common in adults. So children rarely have a "chance" to have a cancer elsewhere in the body which can spread to the brain, whereas adults have plenty of chances to acquire secondary brain tumors. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of brain tumors in children?

What are the common symptoms of brain tumors in children?

Several: Vidual disturbance, headache, gait abnormslity, clumsiness, failure to meet milestones or regressio, alot depending on type and location. ...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 than those used to treat malignant melanoma which are different than those used to treat lung cancer metastasis to the brain. ...Read more

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Does a high prolactin level in a child make you worry about a brain tumor?

Does a high prolactin level in a child make you worry about a brain tumor?

High prolactin: It's a possibility but rare. Most slightly elevated prolactin levels in kids are due to stress of lab draw or lab error -- especially quest labs. Get lab repeated through labcorp sent to their reference lab in calif. Called esoterix. You may have to pay but you'll sleep better! ...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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Chances of a headache in a child being a brain tumor with no other symptoms. How do brain tumor headaches usually behave? Thanks!

Chances of a headache in a child being a brain tumor with no other symptoms. How do brain tumor headaches usually behave? Thanks!

Age?: We would need to know more about the headache, such as is it getting progressively worse, waking from sleep, etc, as well as the age of the child and her/his family and other health history. It is always best to see your child's pediatrician with this sort of question. ...Read more

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What are some types of brain tumor/cancer that's common in children-teens?

What are some types of brain tumor/cancer that's common in children-teens?

Brain tumor: Most common brain tumors in this age group are tumors of the posterior fossa which are medulloblastoma and cerebellar astrocytomas, also not uncommon are ependymomas. ...Read more

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My child has a brain tumor. How might this affect his ability to return to school?

My child has a brain tumor. How might this affect his ability to return to school?

Depends on the type: There are dozens of different types of brain tumors, including benign and malignant types. If it is benign, and can be removed easily, then they are able to return to school without any problem, but it may take several weeks to months. If it is malignant, then the treatment is more intensive, and he may be delayed in returning to school. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma gr 3 reaccuring in a child if the tumor was removed?

What are the chances of a brain tumor anaplastic astrocytoma gr 3 reaccuring in a child if the tumor was removed?

High: Unfortunately pediatric anaplastic astrocytoma (grade 3 glioma) has high recurrence rates. Degree of resection does impact prognosis. However, those with grade 3 astrocytoma tend to have pfs (progression free survival) of 40 to 50% even with adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

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Can a child have headaches as only brain tumor symp? Hlthy 3yr old woke up with "headache" last 2 nights but isn't consistent if it really hurts or no

Can a child have headaches as only brain tumor symp? Hlthy 3yr old woke up with "headache" last 2 nights but isn't consistent if it really hurts or no

While brain: Tumor can have headache, it might not. I would have a doctor examine your child. Moe likely the child wakes and is afraid, wants to see you, and explains that his/her head hurts. What happens after the complaint? Up rest of the night? You sleep with/or bring to your bed? Check the serious, but do not panic. ...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?

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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How often could a CT without contrast miss a brain tumor in a child?

How often could a CT without contrast miss a brain tumor in a child?

That: Would depend on the location/size of the tumor, whether it causes hydrocephalus, and possible associated edema/bleeding/calcification. Many factors. Mri with contrast is the best test should your physician feel that signs or symptoms suggest a brain tumor. ...Read more

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How often does a CT without contrast miss a brain tumor in a baby or child?

Not sure, but.....: It is possible to miss a brain tumor, especially when contrast is not used. That is true in a baby, child or adult.

The tumor breaks down the blood/brain barrier and contrast passes this barrier around the site of the tumor. Some tumors exert enough mass effect on surrounding structures or generate brain swelling and can be detected without contrast. ...Read more

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Had CT for poss brain tumor. Just gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby three months ago. Can this be possible? Wouldn't my child have had defects?

Had CT for poss brain tumor. Just gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby three months ago. Can this be possible? Wouldn't my child have had defects?

No relation: Women who have brain tumors and are pregnant are not at risk to transfer any abnormality from their brain tumor to their fetus. So a perfectly normal fetus can be delivered as a normal baby even from a woman with a brain tumor. Your question does not indicate if your ct showed a tumor or not. Discuss the results with your physicians. ...Read more

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Would children tylenol (acetaminophen) get rid of brain tumor headache in toddler? If a tumor was present would more symptoms be present beside headache?

Would children tylenol (acetaminophen) get rid of brain tumor headache in toddler? If a tumor was present would more symptoms be present beside headache?

Please clarify: Looking at the bigger picture it appears you are concerned that a child may have a brain tumor. However, it would appear also from the question that there has not been a diagnosis made to this point of such a thing. The child simply has a headache. Is that correct? I see no downside to using pediatric tylenol (acetaminophen) preparations in this particular case. What else is going on to worry you for a tumor? ...Read more

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My child has been vomiting once a day, in mornings only. This has been going on for 5 days. There is no headache. The only other symptom is low grade fever of 99. I am fearful of brain tumor. Could it be?

Unlikely to be tumor: Nothing is impossible but this would not be the first sign of a brain tumor. However, I would be concerned about possible dehydration and electroyte imbalances and adequate fluid intake. Please contact your pediatrician as intravenous fluids may be advised. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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