Adult brain tumor risk, diagnosis and treatment
By Laura Mims
Swelling of the brain mass or growth of abnormal cells, which multiplied out of control. There are many different types of brain tumors. Some of them are benign or not cancerous, while others are malignant, or cancerous. The problem of experience and the treatment depends on the type of tumor, as well as its size and location.
Primary brain tumors are those that occur in the brain or tissues surrounding it. These tumors are much less common than secondary tumors that occur when cancer from another part of the body and spreads to the brain metastases. Although any type of cancer can do this, melanoma and cancers of the breast, colon, kidneys and lungs are the most commonly metastasize to the brain.
The researchers could not determine exactly what causes brain tumors in the form. Only a few risk factors have been reported. Effects of radiotherapy of the head may put you at greater risk of developing brain tumors. Some genetic syndromes may lead to increased risk as well. As a rule, there is no clear indication of what caused the tumor to form. Research continues to determine, mobile phones can contribute to the formation of brain tumors. At the moment there is no clear conclusions were drawn connecting the two.
There is no credible films, which reveal a brain tumor before symptoms appear. Patients may suffer from various symptoms before visiting their doctor for diagnosis. Size, location and rate of growth of the tumor often determine which symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms are:
Headaches that occur frequently and become more severe over time
Blurred or double vision
Unexplained nausea and vomiting
Changes in personality
Weakness or loss of movement in the arm or leg
If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your doctor for diagnosis. He or she will recommend a variety of tests to determine whether a brain tumor is a problem. Testing of vision, hearing, coordination and reflexes with a neurological examination may indicate which parts of the brain affected. MRI allows the doctor to check your brain and assess the situation. CT may be introduced in order to determine whether there is cancer in other parts of your body that may spread. If the tumor is located, the patient may undergo a biopsy to diagnose a tumor benign or malignant.
Benign tumors are less aggressive than malignant and usually does not extend to the surrounding tissue or other body parts. Even if they are not malignant, benign tumors can be very serious and possibly life-threatening. If they are in vital areas of the brain, putting pressure on sensitive nerve tissue, or increased pressure in the brain, these tumors may represent a serious danger to the patient. Benign tumors are often successfully treated with surgery, reducing the risk of the patient’s disability or death.
There are three standard types of cancer treatment: surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. New treatments are constantly being studied and used in clinical trials around the world. For some patients, clinical trials are the best choice of treatment. Your cancer treatment team will make recommendations for the treatment that best fit your particular situation.
It is important that patients who are dealing with a brain tumor not only get the best treatment available, but also to find support to cope with their diagnosis. Talk to your doctor or oncologist about the possibility of support in your area.
Laura is a writer for Mims FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, which specializes in the field of oncology, cancer therapy and cancer treatment in Pinehurst, North Carolina.