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How is brain tumor different from brain cancer?

How is brain tumor different from brain cancer?

Brain cancer spec: Brain cancer is a specific type of brain tumor. Brain tumors are graded from grade 1 (benign) to grade 4 (cancer). Hence, brain cancer is a specific sub-type of brain tumor. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Can talking on cell phones cause brain tumors?

Can talking on cell phones cause brain tumors?

U.S. C.D.C. says...: In the last 15 years, hundreds of research studies have investigated whether health problems can be linked to cell phone use. Some of these studies have suggested the possibility that long-term, high cell phone use may be linked to certain types of brain cancer. These studies do not establish this link definitively. Scientists need to conduct more studies to learn more about this possible risk. ...Read more

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How are brain cancer and brain tumor different?

How are brain cancer and brain tumor different?

Pathology type: Brain tumor is a generic term that includes benign, low grade and malignant brain tumors. Brain cancer refers to the malignant category. When one speaks of a brain cancer, this may be a primary (originating from the brain tissue) or metastatic (originating from cancer outside of the brain). Treatment depends on the type of cancer. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor on the pineal gland cause epilepsy?

Can a brain tumor on the pineal gland cause epilepsy?

Not typically: The pineal gland is located in the center of the brain near eye nerve pathways and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) system. Symptoms include double vision, headache, nausea, & vomiting. I suspect seizures could happen but are not common. Pineal tumors are also rare .. only 1% of all primary brain tumors. Other causes of seizures should be investigated. ...Read more

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High-grade glioma brain tumor, what to do?

High-grade glioma brain tumor, what to do?

Get best care: The optimal care for a high grade glioma will often be found at a major academic medical center. Treatment is first surgery, to remove the maximum amount of tumor possible, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, often together. All of this also requires good neuroradiology, good neuropathology, good nursing care and supportive care of all types. Don't be shy about asking for second opinions. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of brain tumor and brain cancer?

What are symptoms of brain tumor and brain cancer?

Depends: As the tumor grow in size, it will compress areas of brain that control movement, or it could cause headaches or visual symptoms. ...Read more

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Can MRI of brain see strokes/mini strokes and tumours on pituitary gland?

Yes : If pituitary tumor is suspected a detailed endocrine evaluation is necessary to assess whether it is a functionally secreting tumor. Especially looking for acth secreting tumors given your history there are other types that present with generalized symptoms but a thorough endocrine evaluation should establish this in addition a very refined mri. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of brain tumor? Or brain cancer?

What are the symptoms of brain tumor? Or brain cancer?

Varied: General signs and symptoms include headaches; gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting; and changes in personality, mood, mental capacity, and concentration. Other clinical presentations of brain tumors include focal cerebral syndromes such as seizures. ...Read more

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Symptoms of brain tumor on left front lobe?

Symptoms of brain tumor on left front lobe?

Depends: Size and location of the tumor have a lot to do with delineating the symptoms. The frontal lobe has a few different functions. Among them; speech, personality deficits and/or motor problems on the right side of the body can result. ...Read more

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Is pilocytic astrocytoma a tumor of cerebellum?

Is pilocytic astrocytoma a tumor of cerebellum?

In theory anywhere: In theory, it could happen anywhere in the brain, but most juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas are in the supratentorial brain (outside of the posterior fossa). Posterior fossa tumors are typically ependymoma, medulloblastoma in kids. Jpa's don't happen in adults (adults get lgg's, or who ii low grade gliomas..Just almost never who i tumors). Most stem lesions are not jpa's, but they happen too. ...Read more

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Could embryonic stem cells repair brain damages?

Could embryonic stem cells repair brain damages?

No one knows: Lots of research going into this but no one knows yet. ...Read more

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Tumor malignant degeneration means what? Is the tumor dying on its own?

Tumor malignant degeneration means what?  Is the tumor dying on its own?

Cell death: Malignant tumors have various types of death. Comedonecrosis is a cell death in the middle of the tumor (due to outgrowing its blood supply). Dengeration just means it has died, but in general due to senescence (just old age). Tumor necrosis is usually something seen in malignant tumors, while degeneration is usually associated with benign tumors. ...Read more

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Could brain cancer spread from brain to spine?

Could brain cancer spread from brain to spine?

Depending on what: Type of brain cancer and where the original lesion is, it is possible for metastasis. ...Read more

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Are brain tumora rare. What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

Are brain tumora rare. What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

Uncommon: Brain Tumors affect over 10,000 people in the US each year, so they are not all that rare. The symptoms typically consisit of persistent Headaches which are new in onset and get progressively more severe over one or two months. Visual changes, sizures and loss of control of an arm or leg can also be the presenting symptoms. If there is strong suspicion it is easy to confirm with a CT or MRI scan ...Read more

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Is a brain tumor cancer?

: There can be benign tumors in the brain like meningioma or acoustic neuroma. These tumors are not malignant, but can cause symptoms and complications, and are often treated with surgery or radiosurgery. There can be malignant tumors in the brain (cancer). These can be metastatic, or be of primary brain origin. ...Read more

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Would swelling of brain tissues from brain tumor be shown on a non contrast CT scan?

Would swelling of brain tissues from brain tumor be shown on a non contrast CT scan?

Yes: It is possible to see brain swelling from tumor on non contrast CT. FYI there are better modalities to test for this such as MRI. ...Read more

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What are brain stem function?

What are brain stem function?

For life: Brain stem functions include most things we do reflexively without thinking, like breathing, swallowing, adjusting our heart rate to our environment, sweating on the face, moving our eyes in unison, keeping our balance and even digesting food. The brain stem also houses the nerves that innervate the structures of the head, including facial muscles. ...Read more

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Can a meningioma tumor in the brain be cancerous?

Can a meningioma tumor in the brain be cancerous?

Yes but rare: Most meningiomas are benign but occasionally they can be malignant. An MRI can help predict this but only a tissue diagnosis can confirm this. ...Read more

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