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Anxiety about brain tumor. What does it mean when brain seems to slosh around?

Anxiety about brain tumor. What does it mean when brain seems to slosh around?

I don't know!: That is a symptom I have not encountered before. If you are having no other symptoms, however (new or changing headache, weakness, visual changes, new problems with speaking, seizures, etc.) I think your concern is unfounded. To be sure, see a doctor in person and define more specifically what your symptom is. It could be something as simple as water in an ear canal! ...Read more

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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Brain tumor statistics - what might be the mean age and standard deviation for all brain tumors?

Brain tumor statistics - what might be the mean age and standard deviation for all brain tumors?

No such thing: The umbrella term "brain tumor" includes a great many types of tumors both malignant and benign. Each has its own statistics regarding age at diagnosis. The most common adult primary brain cancer is glioblastoma multiforme, and the mean age at diagnosis for this tumor is around 64. ...Read more

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Help me. Brain tumor removed a month ago. They found a black mark of my brain what does it mean good or bad?

Help me. Brain tumor removed a month ago. They found a black mark of my brain what does it mean good or bad?

? melanoma?: I'm forced to guess here. Brain tumors are not usually black. If you have a history of melanoma of the skin, it may have spread (metastasized) to your brain, and if the metastatic tumor made melanin (many don't) it could appear to be a "black spot" or "block mark" on the brain. If that is not what was meant then I would need more information to give a sensible answer. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have calcium within a brain tumor?

What does it mean to have calcium within a brain tumor?

Non-specific: Calcification is most commonly seen in benign brain tumors called meningiomas, and in low-grade malignant brain tumors such as oligodendrogliomas. However some high grade tumors can also have calcifications, so one can't rely on this too much to predict the behavior of a brain tumor. ...Read more

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My friend with a brain tumor was diagnosed with a large cerebellopantine angel tumor. What does this mean?

CPA lesion: In the region of the brain where the cerebellum and pons join is a space that is pyramidal in shape and contain the fifth, seventh and eight cranial nerves. Tutors in this space are usually outside the brain and are usually tumors of the meninges or the myelin sheath. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a brain tumor is in remission?

What does it mean when a brain tumor is in remission?

No evidence of tumor: It means that there is no evidence of active disease as assessed by an MRI and perhaps a pet scan. This does not mean that there is not micropscopic disease which can grow--hence the rationale for surveillance scans to monitor the status of the patient. ...Read more

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What to do if I keep having horrid headaches. Is it true that bad headaches could mean a brain tumor?

What to do if I keep having horrid headaches. Is it true that bad headaches could mean a brain tumor?

Very uncommon: A headache coupled with confusion, dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors. ...Read more

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If I have a headache all the time does that mean I have a brain tumor or abcess or. Somethimg wrong with my brain?

If I have a headache all the time does that mean I have a brain tumor or abcess or. Somethimg wrong with my brain?

No: Headaches are unfortunately common and a brain tumor as the underlying cause is rare. Get an eval since you are having headaches all the time. Best wishes. ...Read more

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An acquaintance I know just had surgery to remove a brain tumor. They are now in chemo for a few weeks. What does this mean? Will it affect their life

An acquaintance I know just had surgery to remove a brain tumor. They are now in chemo for a few weeks. What does this mean? Will it affect their life

Significant event: Depending on the type of brain tumor, the need for chemotherapy and/or other treatments (e.g. radiotherapy) is a significant therapeutic intervention. Most likely there will be the requirement to be cared for by a team of doctors, from neuro-oncology, to neurosurgery, and radiation oncology. Regular evaluations including clinic visits and imaging will be needed. ...Read more

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I'm 22 with dizziness what are my chances of dizziness mean a brain tumor?

I'm 22 with dizziness what are my chances of dizziness mean a brain tumor?

Possible, unlikely: Brain tumors at age 22 are uncommon, and dizziness is not usually a symptom of a brain tumor. It is possible that you have a tumor affecting your brainstem or cerebellum causing dizziness, but more often dizziness is due to inflammation or other disease of the inner ear. See your doctor for referral to an ENT specialist and a neurologist. ...Read more

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Could having tooth pain mean I have a brain tumor?

Could having tooth pain mean I have a brain tumor?

Irrelevant: Tooth pain is caused when the nerve root of a tooth is irritated by infection, decay or trauma. The good news is the prognosis is good with appropriate dental care. See your dentist. ...Read more

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I feel off balance when I walk, wobbly. But I walk straight and have good balance and do yogo steady. Should I be concerned about brain tumor?

I feel off balance when I walk, wobbly. But I walk straight and have good balance and do yogo steady. Should I be concerned about brain tumor?

Find a good neurolog: You need to deal with your neurologist or find a second one if the first one has not satisfied your daily queries about this matter. ...Read more

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Had LP & it stated 1 gamma band found consistent with b-cell brain tumor. Not enough for ms. I have pituitary macroadenoma. What does this mean?

Had LP & it stated 1 gamma band found consistent with b-cell brain tumor. Not enough for ms. I have pituitary macroadenoma. What does this mean?

Ask the LP-doctor: The doctor who did the LP had a question in his/her mind, so you need to ask what this means. It does not mean much to me. As long as your brain has been checked with a ct or mri, then this gamma band has no definite meaning that I know of. ...Read more

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Can tooth pain mean brain tumor?

Can tooth pain mean brain tumor?

Definitely, no: Tooth pain is caused when the nerve root of a tooth is irritated by infection, decay or trauma. The good news is the prognosis is good with appropriate dental care. Call a dentist today! ...Read more

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Does double vision automatically mean brain tumor or cancer?

Does double vision automatically mean brain tumor or cancer?

No, but you need to: See your doctor for vision screening & referral to an ophthalmologist, an M.D. eye doctor. Your doctor will perform physical & neurological exams to determine if you also need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there is increased cerebral blood volume and blood flow to a brain tumor?

What does it mean when there is increased cerebral blood volume and blood flow to a brain tumor?

Cancer and blood flo: Many cancers elaborate factors that enable the growth of new blood vessels. In this way they gain an advantage in growth. When seen clinically on radiologic tests, this is a marker of malignancy and agressiveness, especially in the brain where low grade tumors only do this to a mild degree. Some cancers are treated by agents that interrupt this process, hoping to "starve" them of nutrients. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means when there is increased cerebral blood volume and blood flow in a brain tumor?

Please explain what it means when there is increased cerebral blood volume and blood flow in a brain tumor?

No implications: All tumors have a tendency to develop increased blood flow and abnormal blood circulation which is often picked up during various imaging tests. It has no particular significance or any clear implications. ...Read more

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When it says trouble walking with brain tumor, does that mean people walk all crooked and bumping in walls? Or falling?

When it says trouble walking with brain tumor, does that mean people walk all crooked and bumping in walls? Or falling?

Yes: Brain tumors can certainly cause difficulties with walking which can manifest itself anywhere from feeling off balance, experiencing leg weakness, or lacking walking coordination altogether. If this occurs, walking devices such as canes and walkers are often necessary, and sometimes even a wheelchair. ...Read more

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Once in awhile I wake up gasping for air. If this usually only happens if I am laying on my back with only one pillow, does this mean it is less likely to be central apnea caused by a brain tumor?

Obstructive: Central apnea is when a person isn't even trying to breath. Since you were gasping, that means there was effort and likely an obstruction. A sleep test (polysomnogram) would be best to determine what is happening. ...Read more

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Brain tumor is a genetic disease? My father had this disease it may affect me in my future? If yes means what I want to do?

Brain tumor is a genetic disease? My father had this disease it may affect me in my future? If yes means what I want to do?

Recommend evaluation: Most brain tumors are not inherited. But it depends on the type and other associated conditions a patient has. If there are many cancers in a family at an early age, especially if rare cancers, the risk of them being inherited increases. Only about 5% of brain tumors are linked to a genetic condition. But if you are worried I recommend genetic counseling at cancer genetics clinic. ...Read more

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Can focal pain in your head due to vigorous head-shaking mean a brain tumor. I recently read it in a medical book. Going to neurologist but scared.

Can focal pain in your head due to vigorous head-shaking mean a brain tumor. I recently read it in a medical book. Going to neurologist but scared.

Very unlikely: If you already feel you know how you injured your head, it's very unlikely this is a brain tumor. I'm glad you have the insight to know that many of your health worries are unrealistic, and often people like you are helped by psychotherapy. Often folks like you have been through difficult lives and guidance on gaining new skills and ways of thinking can make all the difference. ...Read more

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Ct scan did not show brain tumor. Does that mean I'm in the clear?

Ct scan did not show brain tumor. Does that mean I'm in the clear?

No: Mri of the brain with gadolinium [contrst medium] may need to be performed... Before ruling out that you do not have brain tumor... ...Read more

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Does numbness in forehead mean a problem with my sinuses or a brain tumor>?

See a doctor: See a doctor or other health care provider that can work with you to figure out what is wrong. There is no way to evaluate your complaint via healthtap. ...Read more

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A spot on my cheek and nose keep randomly tingling. Could that mean I have a brain tumor?

A spot on my cheek and nose keep randomly tingling. Could that mean I have a brain tumor?

Highly doubtful: If there was a tumor in your brain or any other brain problem causing your symptoms, I would expect the symptoms to be there all the time. ...Read more

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I had an ocular migraine yesterday. How dangerous are those? Does it mean I have a brain tumor? Or that I will have a stroke?

I had an ocular migraine yesterday. How dangerous are those? Does it mean I have a brain tumor? Or that I will have a stroke?

Puzzling: Are you sure it was an ophthalmic migraine? I ask because people who are informed enough to know what a migraine IS are usually also pretty well informed about what a migraine is NOT, which includes brain tumors. Strokes & migraines are (only very) SLIGHTLY related. Go to the website of the American Headache Society and do some reading about migraines. Knowledge is power; arm yourself. ...Read more

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Damage to vagus nerve brain tumor at brainstem removed in 1993 regrowth 2004 now stable. What doctors test vagus nerve damage and how?

Damage to vagus nerve brain tumor at brainstem removed in 1993 regrowth 2004 now stable. What doctors test vagus nerve damage and how?

Vagus nerve: The vagus nerve can be activated by bearing down as you would having a bowel movement. This results in increased vagal tone which temporarily slows the heart rate. Making yourself gag by putting your finger in the back of your throat also activates the vagus nerve resulting in transient slowing of the heart rate. I would ask a neurologist if these maneuvers are valid measures of vagus nerve integr ...Read more

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I think I have palinopsia and scared to death it means a brain tumor. I'm seeing a neurologist on monday but I'm paralyzed with fear. I need a scan!

I think I have palinopsia and scared to death it means a brain tumor. I'm seeing a neurologist on monday but I'm paralyzed with fear. I need a scan!

Not so simple: Neither you nor your doctors can diagnose brain tumor so easily. I actually do not even know the meaning of this word...Palinopsia. So just calm down. Unless you have a serious neurological symptom like a seizure or loss of neuro function like paralysis, you can not be too concerned about having a brian tumor. I hope this will help you get through this next few days before you see your neurologis. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son has to get an MRI after an eye exam that showed his optic nerve is larger than normal. Could this mean he could have a brain tumor?

More complicated: This is more complicated than yes or no. Let's not jump to the worst thing first. Many reasons can lead to optic nerves that are different. Let's see what is causing this finding. ...Read more

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Do visual auras mean brain tumor been eye dr he said all looks goods I've been lightheaded 6 years daily eyes funny sometimes etc Drs say all anxiety

Do visual auras mean brain tumor been eye dr he said all looks goods I've been lightheaded 6 years daily eyes funny sometimes etc Drs say all anxiety

Visual aura: Visual auras are normally associated with migraine headaches, and are not a common symptom of brain tumors. A seizure is a common first symptom of a brain tumor though, although it is still a rare condition. ...Read more

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Does a constant twitch in left eye +headache mean possible reoccurrence of brain tumor? I have a history of tumor in right occipital lobe.

Does a constant twitch in left eye +headache mean possible reoccurrence of brain tumor? I have a history of tumor in right occipital lobe.

Blepharospasm?: The condition that you have with your eyelids is called blepharospasm. Speak to your ophthalmologist about it. I don't think that it's related to your previous condition. You may need to get a follow- up MRI. Try to get copies of your past medical records now before they have been transferred to long term storage. Then scan them and keep them on a thb drive which you can download to any md. ...Read more

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I have a small sore area on top of my head I don't notice any tenderness until I brush my hair no headaches or other symptoms do it mean brain tumor?

I have a small sore area on top of my head I don't notice any tenderness until I brush my hair no headaches or other symptoms do it mean brain tumor?

No: Brain tumors do not present as sore spots on the top of the head. Classically there will be headache and vomiting or neurologic symptoms. If it gets more sore or spreads then it would be best to make an appointment. ...Read more

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I told my doctor about my headaches and ear ringing I ask did I jave an brain tumor she look in my eyes what that mean and ask me a few question do I have vision problem I said no do light hurt my eyes again no so she ain't order a cat scan but I feel pain

I told my doctor about my headaches and ear ringing I ask did I jave an brain tumor she look in my eyes what that mean and ask me a few question do I have vision problem I said no do light hurt my eyes again no so she ain't order a cat scan but I feel pain

Not a brain tumor: Primary headaches can be very debilitating but doesn't mean there is a brain tumor. The headaches and ear ringing might need concurrent management and you may need a consult a pain center. You can try some self care things including warm compresses, hot showers, meditation, massages and green tea. ...Read more

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How is a brain tumor formed?

How is a brain tumor formed?

Abnormal cell growth: All tumors are formed from cells that do not follow the rules - they grow faster/differently than they should, not controlled by local and systemic chemical signals. There are many different types of brain tumors - some very slow growing over decades that cause no problems but may "push" the brain a little. But others grow very fast, damaging or "crushing" normal brain next to them. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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