A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells multiply uncontrollably. There are many different types of brain tumors. Some are benign, or noncancerous, while others are classified as malignant or cancerous. Perceived symptoms and treatment options depend greatly on the type of tumor, its size and location.
Primary brain tumors are the brain or surrounding tissues. These tumors are much less common than secondary tumors occur when cancer from another part of the body and spreads to the brain metastases. Although each type of cancer that makes for melanoma and cancers of the breast, kidney, colon and lung cancer metastases in the brain are most often before.
The researchers were able to identify the causes of brain tumors to form. Few risk factors have been documented. Irradiation of the head may be at increased risk of developing brain tumors. Some genetic syndromes may increase the risk. Normally there is a clear indication of the cause of the tumor to form. Research continues to determine whether cell phones contribute to the formation of brain tumors. At this time, no clear conclusion between the two.
There is no reliable test to detect brain tumors before symptoms appear. Patients can suffer from a variety of symptoms, contact your physician for a diagnosis. Size, location and number of tumor growth generally determine symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms are:
Headaches that occur frequently and worsens over time
* A blurred or double vision
* Hearing Loss
Unexplained nausea and vomiting
* Changes in personality
* Weakness or loss of movement in an arm or leg
If you experience these symptoms, consult your physician for a diagnosis. He or she will recommend a series of tests to determine whether a brain tumor is a problem. Vision screening, hearing, coordination and reflexes with a neurological examination may indicate that a portion of the affected brain. MRI allows the physician to examine the brain and to assess the situation. Computed tomography can be used to determine whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body that may be. If a tumor is detected, the patient can undergo a biopsy for diagnosis of benign or malignant.
Benign tumors are less aggressive than malignancies and is usually not spread to nearby tissue or other body parts. Although not malignant, benign tumors can be very serious and even fatal. If you are in a crucial area of the brain, leading to pressure on the sensitive nerve tissue, or increase pressure on the brain, these tumors constitute a serious danger to the patient. Benign tumors are often successfully by surgery, which treats the patient reduces the risk of disability or death.
There are three types of standard treatment for malignant tumors: surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. New treatments are constantly sought and used in clinical trials worldwide. In some patients, clinical trials, the best treatment option. Your health care team about treatment options, recommend the best for your particular situation.
It is important that patients treated for a brain tumor, to preserve not only the best available treatment, but also help with your diagnosis. Talk to your doctor or oncologist about support options in your area.