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What do you suggest if my girlfriend has stage 3 brain cancer and I don't know what to do :' (?

What do you suggest if my girlfriend has stage 3 brain cancer and I don't know what to do :' (?

Brain tumor: The first step is to get established with a neuro-oncologist who takes care of people with grade III Astrocytomas (anaplastic type). Today there are good chemotherapy regimens that are very effective. Radiation therapy is also an adjunct to chemotherapy. Brain surgery is performed if reduction in the size of the tumor is required. Your role is to be supportive, reassuring, and keep her organized. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Natural help for brain cancer? Please help. My girlfriend has it but im grateful it went to stage 1 from stage 3

Natural help for brain cancer? Please help. My girlfriend has it but im grateful it went to stage 1 from stage 3

It depends: This depends on what type of brain cancer. Natural treatments may help but are best combined with standard treatments. Dr. Burzynski in Houston has exciting results with some brain cancers but you need to go to his center.
Medical marijuana shows promising results:
http://www. Cbdfarm. Org/glioblastoma-and-cannabis-oil. Html
For many more options see http://www. Cancertutor. Com/topics/brain-cancer/ ...Read more

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When I was a child I had many dentist X-rays and at 16 I had two or three head cat scans within a month of each other I'm I goin too get brain cancer?

When I was a child I had many dentist X-rays and at 16 I had two or three head cat scans within a month of each other I'm I goin too get brain cancer?

Little risk: Especially in the last 20 years, dental x-rays have used infinitesimal amounts of radiation. The exposure from CT scans is greater but it's still too low to measure in any population-based study. What you've read is based on data from atom-bomb survivors extrapolated on the assumption of a linear relationship, which makes no sense biologically. Stop worrying about this stuff. ...Read more

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Would 2 head CT scans within only two or three months of each other at my age I'm 17 cause brain cancer and how long would it take to develop?

Would 2 head CT scans within only two or three months of each other at my age I'm 17 cause brain cancer and how long would it take to develop?

Do not worry: While there is radiation exposure with CT scans, two head CTs are not going to give you brain cancer. You can do more for your health by refraining from tobacco and alcohol than worrying about these CTs. ...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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Are there any alternative medicines that may treat grade 3 brain cancer?

Are there any alternative medicines that may treat grade 3 brain cancer?

Probably Not: There are different kinds of "brain cancers" or tumors - some are more dangerous than others. I would take the diagnosis of any brain tumor very serious and talk with specialists for more information. I am not aware of any successful alternative treatments or medication for brain tumors. ...Read more

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What to expect with brain cancer that has 35+ tumors and 3 in the spinal fluid.

What to expect with brain cancer that has 35+ tumors and 3 in the spinal fluid.

Very poor prognosis: This sounds likely widely metastasized brain tumor. It sounds as though it is end stage. There is no surgery for this. Whole brain and whole spinal radiation with or without chemotherapy is what is recommended. ...Read more

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How fast can brain cancer grow?

How fast can brain cancer grow?

It depends: There are many types of brain tumors. Some grow very slowly over many years, and some grow very, very rapidly. It really depends upon the type of brain tumor. ...Read more

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Is primary brain cancer a rare disease?

Is primary brain cancer a rare disease?

No: Primary brain cancer- brain cancer that starts in the brain such as astrocytomas are not rare. They are diagnosed about 17, 000 times each year. The most common tumor occurring in the population over the age of 40 is glioma. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about brain cancer?

What can you tell me about brain cancer?

Lots to know.: This is hard to answer. Some brain cancers can be completely cured; some can't. Some can be small but in bad locations that cause a lot of disability. Some can be very large and cause no disability. Most are treated with surgery, then radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. Brain cancer is always scary, because... well, it's the brain! Try this link for more info: http://www. Nccn. Org/patients/ ...Read more

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Can the body heal brain cancer on its own?

Can the body heal brain cancer on its own?

No: Although one can always hope for a medical miracle, and I would never say never, in general treatment of a malignant brain tumor needs therapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about surviving brain cancer?

Can you tell me about surviving brain cancer?

Depends on type: There are many different types of brain tumors. These range from relatively benign (meningiomas) to highly aggressive (glioblastomas). The survival depends on the type of tumor. I'm sure that a neurosurgeon or oncologist, who know the type in question, would be able to be more specific. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of brain cancer in kids?

What are some symptoms of brain cancer in kids?

Brain tumors in: Children are most common in the posterior fossa (cerebellum), and cause pressure leding to vomiting and head ache. Kids can also become clummsy, and sometimes bang their heads in pain. If old enough to walk, may stop walking, stagger, limp, nd change handedness, or neglect one side. Fortunately, children brain tumors are more curable than adults. ...Read more

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What is the most obvious symptom of brain cancer?

What is the most obvious symptom of brain cancer?

Different.: Many different symptoms, not really any single obvious symptoms as many different brain conditions can cause the same symptoms. To give you an example, brain cancer can give you signs/symptoms of a stroke, a brain infection, or even a parasite. A good work to describe the types of symptoms is the word neurological. Headaches, seizures, hemiparesis are symptoms that may be seen. ...Read more

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How many different stages of brain cancer are there?

How many different stages of brain cancer are there?

What tumor type?: Different brain tumors have different grading systems. There is not a single grading system that applies to all types of brain tumors. ...Read more

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Can someone survive if they have brain cancer (GBM)?

Can someone survive if they have brain cancer (GBM)?

Very rare: If it is a GBM (glioblastoma multiforme) this a high grade malignant tumor of the brain with poor prognosis. Even with resection and chemo/radiation, these tumors recur and survival is generally less than a couple of years. There are rare subtypes of GBM that may have longer survival (giant cell variant) up to 5 years, but this is extremely rare. Make sure the diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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What symptoms of brain cancer are the most important?

What symptoms of brain cancer are the most important?

Headache/seizure: Most people with brain tumors will have headaches that can be severe and associated with exam changes such as weakness or speech problems. Others can present with new onset seizures so anyone with a new seizure should be evaluated with a head ct/mri. Some brain tumors are benign but the aggressive tumors are called brain cancers usually glioblastoma. These must be followed after surgery/radiation. ...Read more

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Is primary brain cancer considered an unusual disease?

Is primary brain cancer considered an unusual disease?

No not so: It is not all that rare. There are several thousand cases of brain cancer in the us every year. ...Read more

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How does having brain cancer affect the brain function?

How does having brain cancer affect the brain function?

Location: This is entirely dependent on the location of the tumor. There will be certain dysfunction by the affected area of the brain where the tumor is. It also is dependent on the side of the brain where the tumor is. ...Read more

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What environmental factors, if there's any, that can cause brain cancer?

What environmental factors, if there's any, that can cause brain cancer?

None are known: The stuff about electric power lines, microwave ovens and cell phones isn't generally accepted by the scientific community and don't fit with what we know about cancer. From time to time there is talk of an epidemiologic link. If ct scans and/or pesticides are placing people at extra risk, the increased risk is not striking. There's inconsistent data for solvents & nitrites. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the first symptom of brain cancer and how bad is it?

Can you please describe the first symptom of brain cancer and how bad is it?

Headache, nausea: New or changed headache, worsening headaches, vision changes/blurriness, nausea/vomiting, and sometimes balance problems are the most common symptoms. See a primary care provider as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms. Imaging of the head with ct and/or MRI may be helpful. ...Read more

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If a person has brain cancer that causes speech issues, is it with all or just certain words?

Brain Cancer: What brain cancer causes just speech issues? Do you have such a diagnosis? There are many other more common reasons for speech difficulties. Have you seen a physician about this? A Neurologist? ...Read more

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How deadly is brain cancer?

How deadly is brain cancer?

Depends.: Different types of brain cancer. Some are benign tumors that push on the brain like meningioma, slow growers. Some are malignant and spread through the brain quickly and if untreatable could end in death in about 9 months. Hope that clears up any doubts. ...Read more

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Can brain cancer worsen a mood disorder?

Sure: Although the causes of mood disorders can be complex, a tumor within the brain can also affect mood depending on the location of the mass and its effect on surrounding brain tissue/function, and release of chemicals. Sometimes the treatments for the brain tumor (steroids, chemotherapy medications, and anti-seizure medications) can also cause changes to a person's mood (worsen or improve). ...Read more

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What characterizes stage 4 brain cancer?

What characterizes stage 4 brain cancer?

Brain cancer: In general, Stage 4 means distant spread to other organs other than the organ where the tumor started (lung cancer that spreads to brain, would be Stage 4 Lung Cancer). There are 4 stages, so Stage 4 is the most extensive degree of spread, unfortunately.

Primary brain tumors are not staged, because they rarely spread. Prognosis is based on age, location, histology, functional status, extent, etc ...Read more

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Could a cell phone give you brain cancer?

Could a cell phone give you brain cancer?

I say no: Anyone who's scientifically literate will recognize that this ongoing business is fueled by politicians and fearmongers. The statistics seem nothing more than the usual junk that's generated by retrospective studies (people's beliefs color their memories), the radiation isn't the kind that damages genes, and in the big study more cancers were on the opposite side. ...Read more

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Are meningiomas as serious as brain cancer?

Are meningiomas as serious as brain cancer?

No: No. Meningiomas rarely become cancerous and tend to be found incidently at autopsy. Rarely, really big ones can cause increased intracranial pressure and have to be surgically removed. They due tend to cause seizures due to irritation on the surface of the brain. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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