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What Does It Mean When Brain Tumor Is Stable
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Please explain what it means when there is increased cerebral blood volume and blood flow in a brain tumor?
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
Focal pain when I shake head fast. I read that's one way doctors check for brain tumors. This true? Does it mean I probably have a brain tumor?
No: Doctors do not check for brain tumors that way, and it does not mean you have a brain tumor. I'd suggest you stop shaking your head fast. ...Read more
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?
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
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
How long do follow ups after benign brain tumor removal last until? If all is stable, will they no longer be necessary? What if patient has vp shunt?
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
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
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
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
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
My blood test results say my CRP is 5.8, I have had a brain tumor before so when I look up this up I have seen the word cancer and that's where my mind goes. What does a 5.8 CRP mean?
If your head CT with and without contrast come back normal does that mean it's not a brain tumor?
Do white spots on skin mean its cancer. I have eczema and a past history of cancer. I had a brain tumor in 1984. And I have very dry skin.
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
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
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
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 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
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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