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What percentage of ependymoma brain tumors are benign?

What percentage of ependymoma brain tumors are benign?

0%: All ependymoma brain tumors are technically malignant, meaning the cells are cancer and can grow into the surrounding brain tissue. However, most of these tumors (over 90%) are curable because the tumor is confined to one area, is slow-growing, and can be removed by surgery. Sometimes radiation alone is used for slow-growing brain ependymomas if surgery can't be performed. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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


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What percentage of people live through a brain tumor that cannot be operated on?

What percentage of people live through a brain tumor that cannot be operated on?

Complex question: The need for surgery depends on the tumor type, tumor location, size, the age of the patient, and the severity of symptoms caused by the tumor. There are many slow growing brain tumors which can be simply observed or treated only with radiation therapy. Not all brain tumors require surgery, but the majority of symptomatic, diagnosed brain tumors do eventually require some form of treatment. ...Read more

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Is surgery for normal brain tumor is dangerous? What is the percentage of death or alive after surgery?

Is surgery for normal brain tumor is dangerous? What is the percentage of death or alive after surgery?

Too vague...: "Brain surgery", as with all surgeries will have a risk associated with it. Survival rates, risk profile is going to depend on what type of surgery, why a person needs brain surgery, location of lesion, and underlying health issues (to name just a few factors!). If you need brain surgery, talk to your surgeon about all of your concerns - they are in the best position to give you the details. ...Read more

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What percentage of cases does dizziness indicate brain tumor? I read that actually brain tumor is rare with dizziness

What percentage of cases does dizziness indicate brain tumor? I read that actually brain tumor is rare with dizziness

Correct: What you have read is correct: dizziness is rarely a symptom of a brain tumor, and is far more likely to be due to a disorder of the inner or middle ear. The actual percentage of patients with dizziness who turn out to have a brain tumor is small, but I have not seen a published study with an exact number. ...Read more

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Are most brain tumors benign or malignant?

Are most brain tumors benign or malignant?

Depends: Primary brain tumors tend to be more aggressive when they are found. This is most likely due to the fact that they may not cause symptoms when they first start. The most common "brain tumor" is actually metastatic disease from tumors outside the brain. ...Read more

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Do you know are benign brain tumors more or less common than malignant ones?

Do you know are benign brain tumors more or less common than malignant ones?

Benign more: US incidence rate for primary brain and nervous system tumors in adults (aged 20 years or older) is estimated to be 27.4 per 100,000 persons.Approximately one-third of tumors are malignant and the remainder are benign or borderline malignant ...Read more

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Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Benigh tumors: Benign is a term that typically refers to the kind of cells that make up a tumor. For example, a meningioma is considered a benign tumor because it does not grow fast, and is not composed of rapidly dividing cells. Benign tumors, however, certainly can occur is places that make them dangerous and for these, frequent imaging studies including ct and MRI are typically used. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a benign brain tumor?

What are symptoms of a benign brain tumor?

Many: Brain tumors, benign or malignant, can have many different presentations. These include headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits such as speech problems, weakness in one limb or on one side, difficulty thinking properly etc. These symptoms are all non-specific, and can also be due to other brain disorders. ...Read more

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What can happen if a benign brain tumor goes untreated?

What can happen if a benign brain tumor goes untreated?

Depends: It depends on what type of benign brain tumor it is and where exactly it is located. Some benign tumors can be watched, but some require treatment. Please write back with more details about tumor type and location. ...Read more

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I need help to treat a benign brain tumor, can you help me?

I need help to treat a benign brain tumor, can you help me?

Brain tumor: Treatment is based on the tumor type, location of the tumor and what potential effect that tumor might have on the patient. ...Read more

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I have a benign brain tumor--can it be dangerous at some point?

I have a benign brain tumor--can it be dangerous at some point?

IT DEPENDS: It depends what kind of tumor and where it is located, you have to ask this question from the neurologist or neuru surgeon who can answer this question to your satifaction as they have the facts and bipsy or pathology reports, and study of the scans and location of the tumor. ...Read more

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Could the size of a brain tumor have any significance whether its benign or malignant?

Could the size of a brain tumor have any significance whether its benign or malignant?

Typically not: The size of a tumor usually doesn't determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant. I've had patients with very large tumors that are benign and tiny tumors that are malignant. Whether or not a tumor is benign or malignant depends on what type of cells the tumor is composed of. Often the only way to determine this is with biopsy. ...Read more

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Can docs please explain are benign brain tumors more or less common than malignant ones?

Can docs please explain are benign brain tumors more or less common than malignant ones?

Benign more: US incidence rate for primary brain and nervous system tumors in adults (aged 20 years or older) is estimated to be 27.4 per 100,000 persons.Approximately one-third of tumors are malignant and the remainder are benign or borderline malignant ...Read more

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What can I do to address two benign brain tumors and a hole in the heart?

What can I do to address two benign brain tumors and a hole in the heart?

Depends...: You need to consult a neurosurgeon about the brain tumours. Depending on the location, size and growth rate it can either be watched or may have to be removed. As for the hole in the heart the majority close by themselves or are too small to cause much problems. However if it is large or poses the risk of blood clot or infection it may need to be closed by a catheter or open heart surgery. ...Read more

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The only difference in classifying a benign vs. Malignant brain tumor is the speed of it's growth. Is this really true?

The only difference in classifying a benign vs. Malignant brain tumor is the speed of it's growth. Is this really true?

Brain Tumor, B or M?: Definitive classification of a benign vs. Malignant brain tumor can only be made with absolute certainty based on the histologic features of the brain tumor. Speed of tumor growth may be suggestive but not reliable. A very low-grade malignant brain tumor may grow very slowly like the benign ones. Keep in mind, a biologically benign brain tumor can still cause serious damage given its location. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor surgery?

How dangerous is a benign brain tumor surgery?

Depends: Location and size of the tumor is usually very important even in expert hands. Make sure to pick a good surgeon. In good hands, risks can be minimized. There is always, risks, with any procedure, including brain surgery. ...Read more

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Can an MRI tell if a brain tumor is benign or malignant?

Can an MRI tell if a brain tumor is benign or malignant?

Maybe, or not: Sometimes appearance is characteristic, sometimes not. Other imaging, including pet/ct can help differentiate. ...Read more

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