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Last Updated: Sep 05, 2019
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A Quick Introduction to Brain Tumor Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

What is Brain Tumor? What are Early Brain Tumor Symptoms? What is the Main Cause of Brain Tumor? What are the Precautions for Brain Tumor? How to Diagnose Type of Brain Tumor? Are Brain Tumors Treatable? Is it Possible to Treat Brain Tumor Naturally? How do I know if I have a brain Tumour?

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 Early Brain Tumor Symptoms?

The signs and symptoms which may be experienced by a person suffering from the condition of brain tumors are

  • A person will have headaches of different patterns or onset.
  • A person will have the complaint of unusual vomiting or nausea.
  • A person will have difficulty in maintaining balance.
  • A person will have slow loss of sensation or movement in the arms and the legs.
  • Headaches of the person suffering from the condition of brain tumor will be severe and more frequent.
  • A person might have difficulty in speaking.
  • There may be a hearing problem in people suffering from the condition of brain tumor.
  • A person might have seizures.
  • A person might be confused in daily matters.

What is the Main Cause of Brain Tumor?

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. 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 to Diagnose Type of Brain Tumor?

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 opthalmoscope. This test is done to check whether there is any swelling of the optic nerve. The doctor will further evaluate the 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.

Are Brain Tumors Treatable?

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.

How do I know if I have a brain Tumour?

If a person is suffering from the brain cancer 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.

Popular Questions & Answers

What is the average cost of brain surgery for cancer tumor removal, it is a metastasis of lung cancer. And post care also. I need this info for my father. We live in Mumbai, ok with Mumbai, Navi Mumbai.

Oncologist, Panchkula
Some details are needed a) Is the patient EGFR or ALK positive lung cancer b) Is he symptomatic for brain metastasis c) Share the full details of treatment till now d) Latest MRI Brain report.
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My friend has brain cancer of last stage. He feels too headache. Can you please suggest what can I suggest him to take home remedy or something else.

MD - Radiotherapy
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Sorry to know about the condition of your friend .Please consult the treating Oncologist or Family Physician .I think some medications will help for sure.

I suffering from 2 stage brain tumor now what I do chemotherapy and radiotherapy which is best and side effects of both therapies.

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