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.
Altered Cognition. Dear aldaris7777, the end stages of brain cancer are difficult. Most of the time it involves altered mental status (confusion and forgetfulness). There are be seizures, headaches, paralysis, visual loss, and then a comatose state. A lot of the symptoms depend on where the tumor is located in the brain. At the very end brain herniation may occur and breathing will be erratic, then stop.

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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...
What brain cancer. Brain cancer is a layman's term. There are primary brain tumors which do not spread outside the brain and the most common type are called glial tumors. Several types and grades exist, but there is no staging scheme as with breast or lung cancers. Cancers spreading from the body to the brain are metastases and make this a stage 4 cancer. Read more...

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. Read more...

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. Read more...
Yes. In particular, when you speak about brain cancer, this often refers to the grade IV astrocytic or glioblastoma. This is a highly malignant cancer and despite new advances into the molecular biology, there is no cure at this time. Great strides have been made to extend the progression free survival time, but there still is a lot of work to be done. Read more...

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. Read more...
Yes. Surgery is critical to both diagnose, but also debulk and/or excise. Irradiation and steroids are often used, and chemotherapy may be successful. Some benign tumors such as meningiomas can be removed totally with great and permanent success. Read more...

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. Read more...

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. Read more...

What are symptoms of brain cancer?

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...
Occupies brain area. Because a brain tumor grows & occupies increasingly more space, symptoms persist & worsen depending on the area of the brain affected.They may include unrelenting/worsening headache, nausea/vomiting, seizures, loss of consciousness, change in gait, weakness of the face/arm/leg, change in speech, double vision, confusion, change in personality.Any persisting/worsening symptoms should be evaluated by a doc. 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...