- Brain tumor facts*
- What is the brain?
- What are the tumor grades and types?
- Tumor grade
- Types of primary brain tumors
- What are the risk factors for brain tumors?
- What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?
- How are brain tumors diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for a brain tumor?
- What type of surgery is available for brain tumors?
- Radiation therapy for brain tumors
- Chemotherapy for brain tumors
- What about a second opinion for brain tumor treatment?
- Nutrition during brain tumor treatment
- What supportive care is available for patients and caregivers?
- What about rehabilitation after brain tumor treatment?
- What about follow-up care after brain tumor treatment?
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*Brain tumor facts Medically Edited by: Charles P. Davis, MD, PhD
Brain tumor facts*
- Primary brain tumors can be either malignant (contain cancer cells) or benign (do not contain cancer cells).
- Brain tumors can occur at any age.
- The exact cause of brain tumors is not clear.
- Physicians group brain tumors by grade (the way the cells look under a microscope).
- Brain tumors are classified as grade I, grade II, or grade III, or grade IV
- There most common type of primary brain tumors among adults are astrocytoma, meningioma, and oligodendroglioma.
- The most common type of primary brain tumors in children are medulloblastoma, grade I or II astrocytoma, ependymoma, and brain stem glioma.
- Studies have found risk factors for brain tumors to include ionizing radiation from high dose X-rays (for example, radiation therapy where the machine is aimed at the head), and family history.
- The symptoms of brain tumors depend on their size, type, and location.
- The most common symptoms of brain tumors include headaches; numbness or tingling in the arms or legs; seizures, memory problems; mood and personality changes; balance and walking problems; nausea and vomiting; changes in speech, vision, or hearing.
- Brain tumors are diagnosed by the doctor based on the results of a medical history and physical examination and results of a variety of specialized tests of the brain and nervous system.
- Treatment of a brain tumor depends on the type, location, and size of the tumor, as well as the age and health of the patient.
- Options for brain tumor treatment include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy (or a combination of treatments).
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