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Last Updated: Jun 19, 2020
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A Quick Introduction to Brain Tumor Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

About Early symptoms Causes Risk factors Precautions Diagnosis Treatment Natural treatment

What is brain tumor?

When abnormal cells grow inside the brain and are in the form of a mass the condition is called brain tumor. There are various types of brain tumor that exist. Some of the brain tumors which exist are malignant or cancerous while other may be non-cancerous. A brain tumor can begin in any part of the brain and spread to other parts of the body or vice-versa. The growth rate of brain tumor is different for each individual suffering from it.

The effect of brain tumor on the overall functioning of the nervous system depends on the location and growth rate of the tumor. The treatment for brain tumor depends on the tumor type as well the location and the size. The brain tumor can have a distressing effect on the overall mental health of a person. The patient suffering from the condition of brain tumor must be in touch of the doctor until the condition gets treated.

What are the early symptoms of a brain tumor?

If a person is suffering from the brain tumor he/she may be exhibiting the following symptoms

  • Headaches in the morning after waking up, while sleeping.
  • The headaches will get worse after coughing and sneezing.
  • Vomiting
  • Change in the mental functioning
  • Confusion

  • Clumsiness
  • Effect on the memory
  • Loss of balance
  • Numbness or tingling sensation on one side of the body.
  • Trouble in speaking
  • Blurred vision
  • A person might have seizures without any previous history of neurological disease.

What causes brain tumors?

The cause of the majority of the brain cancers is still not known and completely understood. The brain tumors originate in the brain itself. Tumors start to develop if there are mutations in the DNA. It is because of these mutations that cells of the brain increasingly grow and divide. Usually, in adults the primary brain tumors are uncommon in comparison to the secondary brain tumors.

What are the risk factors for a brain tumor?

There are some risk factors which increase the risk of brain tumors in individuals

  • The risk of brain tumor increases with age.
  • This condition can also be inherited from the family however, the chances are only 5 to 10 percent.
  • The risk of brain tumors increases in people who have been exposed to the ionizing radiation.
  • If a person is exposed to certain chemicals then he/she has an increased risk of suffering from brain tumor.

What are the precautions for brain tumor?

The precautions for a person suffering from the condition of brain tumor includes

  • Excessive imaging scan radiations must be avoided.
  • The toxic chemicals which are used in the oil and the rubber industry must be avoided at any cost.
  • Smoking and drinking excess of alcohol must be avoided.
  • The excessive use of cell phones must be avoided.

How are brain tumors diagnosed?

For diagnosing the brain tumor the doctor will first take a look at the patient physically. The doctor may also ask for the medical history of the patient. The doctor will then advise a very detailed neurological examination. These examinations will help the doctor in determining whether the cranial nerves are intact or not.

The doctor will take a look at the eyes of the patient with the help of an ophthalmoscope. This test is done to check whether there is any swelling of the optic nerve. The doctor will further evaluate coordination, memory, and muscle strength. After the physical examination the doctor may order some more tests confirm the diagnosis

  • CT scan of the head: It will give a detailed image of the brain for the doctor to make diagnosis.
  • MRI of the brain: It gives clearer images to the doctors for detecting any tumors.
  • Angiography: In this test a dye is injected to the artery from the groin area. It helps doctors in understanding the blood supply of the tumors.
  • Skull x-ray: Sometimes the brain tumors can cause fracture in the skull bones, these are easily visible in the skull x-ray.
  • Biopsy: In this a small piece of tumor is obtained. This test tells us whether the tumor is malignant or not.

How are brain tumors treated?

The treatment of brain tumors depends on the location, size, and the type of the tumor. General health of the patient is also taken into consideration. The treatment which is common for brain tumor is surgery. The objective of the surgery is to remove as much of the tumor as possible without damaging the other parts of the brain. For surgery to take place the tumors must be located within the area of limits of the surgery.

The risk associated with brain surgery is inclusive of bleeding and infection. Surgery can further be combined with other treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. After the completion of the neurosurgery a patient might need speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Is it possible to treat brain tumor naturally?

Some of the natural treatments for brain tumors are inclusive of the following

  • Get enough sunlight: being in sunlight helps in the production of the vitamin D in the body. There have been studies which indicate that vitamin D is a very active cancer prevention agent.
  • Vitamin b17: due to the bitter taste of the vitamin b17, it has been removed from the diet. Studies have revealed that eating food products rich in vitamin b17 can help in destroying the cancerous cells.
  • Fish oil: for people suffering from the problem of brain tumor omega-3-fatty acids are beneficial as they not only boost the immunity but they also reduce the inflammation. Fish oil is rich in omega-3-fatty acids.

Popular Questions & Answers

Sir, in 2015 I have diagnosed with brain tumour surgery and medication of epilepsy I have completed my treatment using oxetol for 5 years, so actually my doubt is if I stop this will epilepsy (fits) come again. Please help me.

MD Medicine, DM Neurology
Neurologist,
The guidelines are to stop medicines after a 3 years of last attack. I guess you have not had seiure at all and the medicine was prescribe as a precaution. Ideally youi should stop the medicine, it has to be tapered down gradually over 3 months, t...
1 person found this helpful

I used to take aed starting from 6 years ago and I stopped 2 years ago. I took mri and ct scan 3 years ago and they were clear. I had a seizure a couple of days ago and the doctor put me on tegrital and told me to come back 3 weeks later. My concern is can something worse like brain tumor develop even though diagnosis from a couple of years ago was clean?

MD Medicine, DM Neurology
Neurologist,
Dear lybrate-user, 1. You are suffering from epilepsy which means two or more unprovoked seizures. At times seizures recur after a gap of 1-2 years and stopping medication. The seizures in your case are not due to a tumour and and it is not likely...

I eat rivotril very little every night for insomnia and anxiety. I reduced it little little. Trying to stop one day. But when I bite it it taste hot and inflaming on tongue. So does it have any serious side effects on brain or other part of body. Like cancer and all. Does rivotril cause brain cancer or tumor or any side effects.

Psychiatrist,
It does not cause cancer. Every drug has side effect; that does not mean you'll have side effects. Let me clarify: the tablet causes sleep. One person takes it in the morning, sleeps in the office. So, for him, sleep is a side effect. Hence, stop ...

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