Friday, 22 July 2011

Brain Cancer Information


What is brain cancer?


Brain cancer is an uncontrolled growth of the cell in the brain. 


Brain cancer causes


The exact cause of brain cancer is unknown. There are some possible risk factor for brain tumors. And the factors are radiation to the head, HIV infection, Cigarette smoking.


Symptoms of brain cancer


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Symptoms of primary and metastatic brain tumors are common in both men and women. Some symptoms are caused because of swelling in the brain caused by the tumor. Symptoms are depends on size, location as well as how quickly tumor spread.
Headaches
Nausea and vomiting
Changes in speech
Abnormalities in vision
Weakness
Changes in memory
Seizures
Numbness in arms or legs


There are two types of brain tumors


1>Primary brain tumors:
Abnormal growth of cell in the brain is known as primary brain tumors. These cells grow slowly and do not spread to other parts of brain. Primary brain tumors are easy to removed than malignant tumors.


2>Metastatic brain tumors/Secondary brain tumors:
Metastatic brain tumors spread through the blood stream which is elsewhere in the body. Metastatic tumors spread aggressively. Metastatic tumors are more common than primary brain tumors.


Diagnosis of Brain Cancer


There is no specific symptom of brain cancer. Some physical test may suggest your health care provider that you have problem with brain. The doctor may perform following test
1> CT (Computed Tomography) scan
2> X-Ray
3> MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan
4> Cerebral Angiography
5> Myelogram
6> Biopsy


Treatment of Brain Cancer


Brain cancer treatment depends on patient age and health as well as size, location and type of tumor. The most commonly used treatments are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

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