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What To Expect In The Last Stages Of Brain Cancer
If the tumor is small and not pressing on vital areas of the brain, depending on the tumor type, if benign or cancerous, it can be present for a very long time and undiagnosed.
A very aggressive tumor however, or a tumor that affects an important part of the brain will likely be diagnosed fairly quickly. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
My girlfriend has brain cancer. She went from stage 3 to stage 2 last month. Everyday I try to make her laugh. Any natural way that helps treat cancer?
A great humorist:
Clifton Fadiman once wrote that
"Laughter is the BEST Medicine"
Keep up the good work!
Dr Z ...Read more
I get very mild headaches at the same time every single night. Last for 10-15 min. Both of my parents have had brain cancer. Could it be cancer?
For peace of mind,: Getting yourself to a physician or healthcare provider to order an MRI with contrast on your brain is crucial at this point. There is nothing anyone including a brain cancer expert can tell you that will convince with 99.99% certainty that you do not have brain tumor. It is not likely given the random probability, but do yourself a favor and get it done. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
Giving a CT scan to look at the brain, but how long do the symptoms of brain cancer/tumor last, and how long does it take to diagnose?
Depends on pathology: Symptoms of a brain tumor depend on the pathology. Once present expect the deficit to last until the tumor is treated. ...Read more
Had 3 CT scans over the last 15 mons after an infection from a dental procedure. Today I was told I will most likely get brain cancer- is it true?
Symptoms are obviously variable, but the best I can describe them, they are most similar to alzheimers, but much, much faster.
If the worst thing about alzheimers is how long it goes on, the "best" thing about end stage brain tumors is how short the suffering tends to be. ...Read more
What tumor type?: Different brain tumors have different grading systems. There is not a single grading system that applies to all types of brain tumors. ...Read more
Each case varies: By location and what the tumor damages. Some, like senator ted kennedy, seemed active until days before his death, others have lost speech from time of diagnosis. Many slip into a bed-bound, unable to eat, control bodily functions and coma before death. Some are fearful, others indifferent or even unaware. Family always can use a hand dealing with brain tumor patients at home. Hospice helps a lot. ...Read more
If someone with brain cancer is given 2 months to live, what should his friends expect symptom-wise?
The question is: A puzzle. Are you asking: what next, in someone with lung and brain disease? (usually starting in lung, then going to brain). Or the pattern of metastasis if either is primary: brain as primary almost never metastasizes outsie cns, whereas lung commonly foes to brain, as well as other lung, liver, bones, adrenals. ...Read more
Usually glioma: There are dozens of different types of malignant tumors (cancers) that arise in the brain. Most often these arise from glial cells (gliomas). They can be managed for a while but are very seldom cured. "Brain cancer" can also refer to cancer from other sites that has spread to the brain. ...Read more
Yes: Primary brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation (wbxrt or focal therapies such as gamma knife or cyberknife), and/or chemotherapies. Other cancers that have metastasized (spread) to the brain may also be treated. The prognosis and specific treatment depends on many factors and should be individualized to the patient with a multi-disciplinary team approach. ...Read more
Very: All cancers unless cured will kill the person. Brain cancers are often controllable but usually only for a time. There are a variety of subtypes and you'd do well to find out which is in question. The most common cancer in the brain is actually metastatic lung cancer. If you are dealing with this in your life, you have my sympathy. Best wishes. ...Read more
Depends on location: Importantly, realize that brain tumor does not equate brain cancer. Depending size and location of the brain cancer, various symptoms can occur. A large tumor usually creates headache, nausea or vomiting. Depending on location, it can cause many symptoms including; weakness, visual or sensory changes, aphasia (loss of speech) or seizures. ...Read more
Brain cancer: Signs and symptoms of malignancies related to the brain, depends on the location of the tumor, size, and surrounding edema (swelling). Some may develop seizures as an initial manifestation, others demonstrate stroke like weakness if the motor strip is involved, balance or gait changes may occur in those where the tumor involves the cerebellum ...Read more
Variable: Any cancer in the brain could present with any number of symptoms including but not limited to headache, dizziness, vision problems, trouble concentrating, weakness, nausea/vomiting, and motor problems. Most importantly, it can also have no symptoms. The best exam to check for this is MRI with and w/o contrast. ...Read more
It depends: This is a difficult question to answer because it really depends on where the cancer is in the brain and how extensive it is. Different parts of the brain are responsible for different things. So for example it is possible that a brain cancer could impact someone's speech for one person but not another. ...Read more
Lots to know.: This is hard to answer. Some brain cancers can be completely cured; some can't. Some can be small but in bad locations that cause a lot of disability. Some can be very large and cause no disability. Most are treated with surgery, then radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. Brain cancer is always scary, because... well, it's the brain! Try this link for more info: http://www. Nccn. Org/patients/ ...Read more
The factors help contribute to all tumor development in general
2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc).
3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors). ...Read more
Too many to list: There are many symptoms of a brain tumor but I really dislike listing them---too many people have some of them due to far moer common causes--but believe they now have a brain tumor and panic. I believe that if your health is not right----for whatever signs or symptoms you have, you should see your primary care physician who is best capable of deciding what is the best path to follow. ...Read more
Depends on type: There are many different types of brain tumors. These range from relatively benign (meningiomas) to highly aggressive (glioblastomas). The survival depends on the type of tumor. I'm sure that a neurosurgeon or oncologist, who know the type in question, would be able to be more specific. ...Read more
What is worse?: This is hard to answer. Worse how? Some brain cancers can be completely cured; some can't. Some can be small but in bad locations that cause a lot of disability. Some can be very large and cause no disability. Brain cancer is always scary, because... well, it's the brain! Try this link for more info: http://www. Nccn. Org/patients/ ...Read more
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
Depends.: There are different types of cancers that can occur in the brain. Some are worse than others. Some are easier to remove than others. Some masses could even be benign tumors. The earlier the detection the better the chance of survival. No simple answer. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more
Brain tumors in: Children are most common in the posterior fossa (cerebellum), and cause pressure leding to vomiting and head ache. Kids can also become clummsy, and sometimes bang their heads in pain. If old enough to walk, may stop walking, stagger, limp, nd change handedness, or neglect one side. Fortunately, children brain tumors are more curable than adults. ...Read more
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