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What is terminal brain cancer?

What is terminal brain cancer?

Incureable: Any terminal illness is one that cannot be cured regardless of treament. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Brain cancer refers to cancer located in the brain. It can occur from a metastasis from a tumor in another part of the body or can originate in the brain. Symptoms of brain cancer include headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. It can sometimes be asymptomatic as, for example, in patients with small cell lung cancer. It is always best to use MRI with contrast to make an evaluation, since using a CT can cause you to miss ...Read more


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Aresteroids for terminal brain cancer. Necessary to reduce?

Aresteroids for terminal brain cancer. Necessary to reduce?

Reduce edema!: Brain metastasis induce leaking vessels, swelling or edema that increases mass effect and symptoms. Dexamethasone is a catabolic steroid, not anabolic, reduces swelling. It also turns off the stimulus to make our own cycling corticosteroids, so it must be tapered and never discontinued abruptly. These provide comfort, reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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Help doctors! what're the types of terminal brain cancer?

Help doctors! what're the types of terminal brain cancer?

GBM: Glioblastoma is the most common. Cancers that come from elsewhere and go to the brain are frequently terminal. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stage 4 terminal primary brain cancer?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stage 4 terminal primary brain cancer?

I assume: I assume that you are referring to a grade 4 tumor - we don't really stage brain tumors like other cancers. We classify them by grade. Grade 4 typically refers to a glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive primary brain tumor with very poor surival rates. Most patients unfortunately die from their disease within 2 years. ...Read more

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How can people with terminal brain cancer die. Is it painful or will she just go to sleep.?

How can people with terminal brain cancer die. Is it painful or will she just go to sleep.?

Rarely painful: Headache can be a problem in some cases. But no severe pain. Patients just go to sleep as the tumor causes more compression of the brain inside. So it is commonly a peaceful death. ...Read more

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He has already had an MRI done this is when they told him he has brain cancer and it isterminal my questio is what is terminal?

He has already had an MRI done this is when they told him he has brain cancer and it isterminal my questio is what is terminal?

Life is terminal: None of us get out alive. In this case the doctors must feel the cancer is not curable, and thus is highly likely to result in his demise. Focus on quality time, even if it may be limited. ...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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What is brain cancer?

What is brain cancer?

Usually glioma: There are dozens of different types of malignant tumors (cancers) that arise in the brain. Most often these arise from glial cells (gliomas). They can be managed for a while but are very seldom cured. "Brain cancer" can also refer to cancer from other sites that has spread to the brain. ...Read more

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Can u die from brain cancer?

Can u die from brain cancer?

Sadly, YES!: Cancers of the brain, be they metastatic (from another part of the body) or primary (arising in the brain) are a frequent cause of death. Tumors like meningioma are almost always benign and are successfully treated surgically. ...Read more

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Can brain cancer be treated?

Can brain cancer be treated?

Yes: Primary brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation (wbxrt or focal therapies such as gamma knife or cyberknife), and/or chemotherapies. Other cancers that have metastasized (spread) to the brain may also be treated. The prognosis and specific treatment depends on many factors and should be individualized to the patient with a multi-disciplinary team approach. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more