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Brain Cancer

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Brain cancer facts

  • Brain cancer can arise from many different types of brain cells (primary brain cancer) or occur when cancer cells from another part of the body spread (metastasize) to the brain.
  • Causes of brain cancer are difficult to prove; avoiding compounds linked to cancer production is advised.
  • Brain cancer symptoms vary but often include
  • Other common brain cancer symptoms are
    • nausea,
    • vomiting,
    • blurry vision,
    • a change in a person's alertness, mental capacity, memory, speech, or personality.
  • Tests for brain cancer involve a history, physical exam, and usually a CT or MRI brain scan; sometimes a brain tissue biopsy is done.
  • Treatments usually are directed by a team of doctors and are designed for the individual patient; treatments may include surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy, often in combination.
  • Side effects of treatments range from mild to severe, and patients need to discuss plans with their treatment team members to clearly understand potential side effects and their prognosis (outcomes).
  • Depending on the brain cancer type and overall health status of the patient, brain cancer frequently has only a fair to poor prognosis; children have a somewhat better prognosis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/24/2014

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/brain_cancer/article.htm

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