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What causes brain tumors?

What causes brain tumors?

Multi-factorial: There are 4 things that contribute to all tumors: 1. Genetics 2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc). 3. Aging 3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors). ...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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Please tell me what causes brain tumors to form?

Please tell me what causes brain tumors to form?

No one knows: The cause of most cancers is unknown. So ity is more an accident of nature..Or simply bad luck. ...Read more

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What causes brain tumor symptoms? Is it the swelling of the brain or the tumor itself?

What causes brain tumor symptoms? Is it the swelling of the brain or the tumor itself?

Both: Most patients with brain tumors have edema "swelling" around the tumor. Drugs, such as dexamethasone, which reduce the edema reduce the symptoms, but usually do not eliminate symptoms. This is evidence that both the tumor itself and edema contribute to the symptoms of brain tumors. ...Read more

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What are brain tumor headaches like?

What are brain tumor headaches like?

Nothing specific: It is not feasible to discern headaches due to brain tumors from the usual headaches from other causes. See this site for more info on this subject and do not obsess about it. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/brain-tumor/ds00281. ...Read more

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What do brain tumors feel like I have hard knot about the size of a marble on back right of my head and been having seizures since october

What do brain tumors feel like I have hard knot about the size of a marble on back right of my head and been having seizures since october

Various symptoms: There is no universal symptom, some tumors grow slowly and show no symptom until they are large enought to compress brain tissue or blocks in the brains circulation system. If one had onset of seizures, 5 months is way too long to wait to see a neurologist for imaging studies and other evaluation. Going to the er and getting proper assessment if this has not been assessed would be critical. ...Read more

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What does brain tumor headache feel like ?, I've been having pressure in eyes and cheeks for couple days. Is it likely brain tumor ?

What does brain tumor headache feel like ?, I've been having pressure in eyes and cheeks for couple days. Is it likely brain tumor ?

Pressure in cheeks: More likely you have sinusitis/ allergies. Consider zyrtec (cetirizine) ( if not allergic).Possibly is toothache, rarer includes conditions like glaucoma ( can get it checked at a lenscrafters. hour eyes any optometist). Tumor is rare. Presents with headache on waking and may be associated with nausea, vomiting, visual disturbance. See doctor/urgent care this week,see one today if visual/ dental issue ...Read more

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What can cause brain tumors in children?

What can cause brain tumors in children?

Brain tumors: In most cases of pediatric brain tumors the cause is not known. There are genetic studies being done that are starting to locate markers and mutations that can cause tumors of this type. There are also some rare inherited syndromes that have a higher incidence of brain tumors but these are rare. ...Read more

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What does a brain tumor look like?

The MRI image: Shows a mass, commonly surrounded by edema. Pathology shows abnormal blood vessel proliferation (and they leak), necrosis (dead cell areas), and abnormal mitoses. ...Read more

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What are common brain tumor symptoms?

What are common brain tumor symptoms?

Complex issue: Tumors of the brain can be benign, malignant, malignant by position, or chronic and stable. Brain tumors can be silent or present as seizures or can abruptly produce coma and death. Primary brain tumors depend on cells of origin and location as to how they show symptoms. Secondary brain tumors may come from a primary tumor elsewhere in the body and spread broadly all through the brain. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens when brain tumor bursts?

Please help! what happens when brain tumor bursts?

Clarify: Brain tumors do not typically "burst". They can grow and put pressure on the surrounding structures. Even tumor cysts usually don't burst. ...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