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Terminal Brain Cancer Stages
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Very: All cancers unless cured will kill the person. Brain cancers are often controllable but usually only for a time. There are a variety of subtypes and you'd do well to find out which is in question. The most common cancer in the brain is actually metastatic lung cancer. If you are dealing with this in your life, you have my sympathy. Best wishes. ...Read more
Depends on location: Importantly, realize that brain tumor does not equate brain cancer. Depending on size and location of the brain cancer, various symptoms can occur. A large tumor usually creates headache, nausea or vomiting. Depending on location, it can cause many symptoms including; weakness, visual or sensory changes, aphasia (loss of speech) or seizures. ...Read more
Brain cancer: Signs and symptoms of malignancies related to the brain, depends on the location of the tumor, size, and surrounding edema(swelling). Some may develop seizures as an initial manifestation, others demonstrate stroke like weakness if the motor strip is involved, balance or gait changes may occur in those where the tumor involves the cerebellum ...Read more
Variable: Any cancer in the brain could present with any number of symptoms including but not limited to headache, dizziness, vision problems, trouble concentrating, weakness, nausea/vomiting, and motor problems. Most importantly, it can also have no symptoms. The best exam to check for this is MRI with and w/o contrast. ...Read more
It depends: This is a difficult question to answer because it really depends on where the cancer is in the brain and how extensive it is. Different parts of the brain are responsible for different things. So for example it is possible that a brain cancer could impact someone's speech for one person but not another. ...Read more
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
Symptoms are obviously variable, but the best I can describe them, they are most similar to alzheimers, but much, much faster.
If the worst thing about alzheimers is how long it goes on, the "best" thing about end stage brain tumors is how short the suffering tends to be. ...Read more
The factors help contribute to all tumor development in general 1. Genetics
2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc).
3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors). ...Read more
Too many to list: There are many symptoms of a brain tumor but i really dislike listing them---too many people have some of them due to far moer common causes--but believe they now have a brain tumor and panic. I believe that if your health is not right----for whatever signs or symptoms you have, you should see your primary care physician who is the best capable of deciding what is the best path to follow. ...Read more
Depends on type: There are many 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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