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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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?

No: Risk of brain cancer after exposure to this amount of radiation is relatively low. It is far more important to be sure the infection has been treated successfully.

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What are the end stages of brain cancer?

What are the end stages of brain cancer?

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.

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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.

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What can a person expect when they are dying of brain cancer?

What can a person expect when they are dying of brain cancer?

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.

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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.

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What to expect in metastasis, lung and brain cancer?

What to expect in metastasis, lung and brain cancer?

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.

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What is brain cancer?

What is brain cancer?

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.

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Can u die from brain cancer?

Can u die from brain cancer?

Sadly, YES!: Cancers of the brain, be they metastatic (from another part of the body) or primary (arising in the brain) are a frequent cause of death. Tumors like meningioma are almost always benign and are successfully treated surgically.

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Can brain cancer be treated?

Can brain cancer be treated?

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.

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How harmful is brain cancer?

How harmful is brain cancer?

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.

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What is terminal brain cancer?

What is terminal brain cancer?

Incureable: Any terminal illness is one that cannot be cured regardless of treament.

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How do you treat brain cancer?

How do you treat brain cancer?

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.

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How fast can brain cancer grow?

How fast can brain cancer grow?

It depends: There are many types of brain tumors. Some grow very slowly over many years, and some grow very, very rapidly. It really depends upon the type of brain tumor.

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What are symptoms of brain cancer?

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.

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