Brain tumor cure
Symptoms produced by brain tumors depend on their location, size, rate of growth and stage. Some nonmalignant brain tumors that grow slowly can become quite large before producing symptoms because there often is no swelling of the brain tissues. However, if because of their size or location, they cannot be easily removed, they can be as life threatening as malignant brain tumors.
Persons who have symptoms that do not go away should see their doctor immediately. In general, brain cancer symptoms include:
- Abnormal pulse and breathing rates can also occur Deep, dull headaches that recur often and persist without relief for long periods of time Difficulty walking or speaking Dizziness Eyesight problems, including double vision Seizures Vomiting
At the late stages of the disorder, dramatic changes in blood pressure may occur. Seizures are a common symptom of benign brain tumors and slow-growing cancers. Tumors can cause a part of the body to weaken or feel paralyzed. Hearing, sight and the sense of smell can be affected. Persons who display personality changes and are prone to confusion and unable to think clearly require immediate medical attention.
There are many different types of brain tumors, some of which can have several names. Even neuropathologists, who diagnose these brain tumors, are sometimes inconsistent in what they call them. Some of the most common types are:
Causes and Risk
Risk factors include exposure for long periods to ionizing radiation or to chemicals, such as vinyl chlorides, aromatic hydrocarbons, triazenes and N-nitroso compound. Generally, exposure occurs at the place of work. Genetically inherited diseases, such as tuberous sclerosis and von Hippel-Lindau disease, may make a person susceptible to brain tumors. Three out of five people who suffer from brain tumors are male. Brain tumors are most common in early or middle adult life, but they can appear at any age.
The patient's symptoms often indicate the presence of a brain tumor and where it is located. A doctor may perform a neurologic exam to determine if the patient's senses, reflexes, mental status and memory are working normally. The doctor may also order imaging tests, including computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, to pinpoint the brain tumor and show its size.
Sometimes a spinal tap is done so that spinal fluid can be collected and examined for cancer cells. If the tumor is causing pressure in the brain, this procedure cannot be done because the sudden change in pressure in the skull could cause herniation (bulging of a membrane). Herniation is one of the most dangerous possible complications of a brain tumor and one that can cause serious breathing, heart rate and blood pressure problems. Unless it is caught early, herniation eventually results in coma and death.