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Dr. Chaim Colen
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How long do the symptoms of brain cancer/tumor last, and how long does it take to diagnois?

How long do the symptoms of brain cancer/tumor last, and how long does it take to diagnois?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Cancer (Definition)

Dr. Lawson is correct in adults. In kids, the most common version of brain tumor is primary to the brain. There are many types of tumors that both start in the brain and "go" to the brain. If you ignore the types that go to the brain, in adults the 20% that start in the brain can vary from very malignant (gbm) to very benign (meningioma). In kids, tumors are varied as well but ...Read more


Dr. Anderson Bauer
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What number of times a cycle do you get chemo for brain cancer, if each cycle lasts 6 weeks?

What number of times a cycle do you get chemo for brain cancer, if each cycle lasts 6 weeks?

Depends: This question cannot be answered unless it is known what type of cancer and what chemotherapy agents are being given. In addition to visits for chemotherapy, there are often visits for blood work as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
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Can very frequent headaches during the last year be caused by brain cancer?

Can very frequent headaches during the last year be caused by brain cancer?

RATHER UNLIKELY: Could be migraine headaches, but may have dental, sinus, jaw triggers, and even problems secondary to your meds or foods ingested. Although many people fear that head pain is due to a brain tumor, this is really quite rare, and unusual in your age group. ...Read more

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Dr. George Jacobs
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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

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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How many different stages of brain cancer are there?

How many different stages of brain cancer are there?

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

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Dr. Joshua Garren
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What are the end stages of brain cancer ?

What are the end stages of brain cancer
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Amir Faridi
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What can you expect in the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

What can you expect in the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

Prognosis: Obviosly prognosis is not good in this situation. Usual treatment is palliative to keep patient comfortable. Radiation therapy can help neurological symptoms. Disease widening with increase shortness of breath, respiratory failure, pneumonia, infection and pain related to cancer can happen. Palliative chemotherapy can help to improve symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Cliff Robinson
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What can I expect during the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

What can I expect during the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

Difficult: Very difficult to answer as each person is different. If the metastases in the brain themselves result in death, people usually develop anything from headaches, confusion, seizures, weakness, or numbness, ultimately developing difficulty breathing if swelling becomes severe enough. Brain swelling can be treated with steroids and the tumors with radiation, and sometimes surgery or chemo. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Marcus
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Can someone survive having brain cancer - did sen kennedy have late stage?

Can someone survive having brain cancer - did sen kennedy have late stage?

Yes: There are many different types of brain cancer. Some are very curable, some are not. The type sen kennedy had was virtually impossible to cure. It was not so much the stage as the cell type of brain cancer he had. ...Read more

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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If someone with brain cancer is given 2 months to live, what should his friends expect symptom-wise?

If someone with brain cancer is given 2 months to live, what should his friends expect symptom-wise?

Variable: Symptoms can include fatigue, mental status changes, headaches, nausea/ vomitting, general failure, limb weakness, visual or speech disurbances, mood changes. However, with effective nursing and hospice care a lot of these symptoms can be effectivley treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...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


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