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What To Expect In The Last Stages Of Brain Cancer
Symptoms?: 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.
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" I concur! Keep up the good work! Dr Z
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.
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.
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?
Variable: 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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Brain cancer?: That's like asking, "How do you fix a leak? " Depends on what's leaking & where. There are different kinds of brain "cancer" all with different treatments that also depend on where in tbe brain the "cancer" is located.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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