Child Brain Tumor

Frequent or prolonged absence from the classroom may disrupt the learning process. A child with a brain tumor may face the additional challenge of physical changes in the structure of the brain, which affect the thought and learning processes. It is important to identify these changes and to adopt teaching and learning strategies that . . . → Read More: Child Brain Tumor

How Brain Tumor Affect Families

A family in which someone has a brain tumor is constantly challenged by changing circumstances, and yet must also strive to be caring and supportive throughout the entire process of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Being aware of some of the different ways in which illness may affect you and your loved ones can help . . . → Read More: How Brain Tumor Affect Families

Living with Brain Tumor

To a large extent, what happens to you depends on the type of tumor you have, its location, the area of the brain involved, and the forms of therapy needed to treat it. But each patient is different, and these are not the only factors to be considered.

For patients and their families, the . . . → Read More: Living with Brain Tumor

Brain Tumor Treatments

The standard treatments for brain tumors are surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy. In general, radiation and chemotherapy treatments are used as secondary or adjuvant treatments for tumors that cannot be managed using only surgery. However, radiation and chemotherapy may be used without surgery if the tumor is inoperable.

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Recurrent Tumors

Recurrent tumors grow back after being removed or stabilized. Recurrence commonly occurs in the same area as the original tumor, but may develop in another part of the brain or spinal cord. Both benign and malignant brain tumors can recur after initial treatment. A brain tumor that has been treated with radiation or chemotherapy . . . → Read More: Recurrent Tumors

Brain Tumor Remission

When a tumor is in remission or is stable, it means the tumor cells have entered a phase in which they generally have stopped growing or multiplying. This may or may not mean that these tumor cells will never grow again. In some cases, the tumor has actually been destroyed and the area it . . . → Read More: Brain Tumor Remission

Common Symptoms of Brain Tumors

The most common symptoms include headaches, which can be most severe in the morning; nausea or vomiting, which can be most severe in the morning; seizures or convulsions; difficulty thinking, speaking, or finding words; personality changes; weakness or paralysis in one part or one side of the body; loss of balance; vision changes; confusion . . . → Read More: Common Symptoms of Brain Tumors

Benign Brain vs Malignant Brain Tumor

Benign brain tumors are slow-growing tumors that can be removed or destroyed if in an accessible location. Malignant tumors (brain cancer) are rapidly growing tumors that invade or infiltrate and destroy normal brain tissue. No one is certain why, but some benign brain tumors may change over time to become malignant.

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Is Brain Tumor a Cancer?

Some brain tumors are cancerous and some are not. Malignant tumors are considered cancer. Two of the most common forms of brain cancer are metastatic brain tumors (brain metastases) and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

Brain cancer cells mutate and lose their normal form or structure. This is called anaplasia. The degree of anaplasia helps to . . . → Read More: Is Brain Tumor a Cancer?

Primary vs Secondary Brain Tumor

Primary brain tumors originate in the brain itself. Primary brain tumors do not spread from the brain to other parts of the body except in rare cases. Pathologists classify primary brain tumors into two groups: glial tumors (gliomas) and nonglial tumors. Gliomas are composed of glial cells, which include astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, ependymal cells, Schwann . . . → Read More: Primary vs Secondary Brain Tumor

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