What is brain tumor? A collection, or mass, of abnormal cells in your brain is termed as brain tumor. It can be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign).
Warning Signs Of A Brain Tumor :
1. Seizures. Regardless of your type of tumor, seizures are often one of the first signs of trouble.
4. Change in memory or thinking.
6. Vision changes.
7. Not usually headaches.
8. Everything else you need to know.
The signs and symptoms of a brain tumor vary greatly and depend on the brain tumor’s size, location and rate of growth.
General signs and symptoms :
1. New onset or change in pattern of headaches, Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
2. Unexplained nausea or vomiting
3. blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
4. Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
5. Difficulty with balance
6. Speech difficulties
7. Confusion in everyday matters
8. Personality or behavior changes
9. Seizures, especially in someone who doesn’t have a history of seizures
10. Hearing problems
Brain tumors that begin in the brain
Acoustic neuroma (schwannoma)
Primary brain tumors originate in the brain itself or in tissues close to it, such as in the brain-covering membranes (meninges), cranial nerves, pituitary gland or pineal gland.
Primary brain tumors begin when mutations occur in their DNA. These mutations allow cells to grow and divide at increased rates and to continue living when healthy cells would die. The result is a mass of abnormal cells, which forms a tumor.
In adults, primary brain tumors are much less common than are secondary brain tumors, in which cancer begins elsewhere and spreads to the brain.
Many different types of primary brain tumors exist:
• Gliomas. These tumors begin in the brain or spinal cord and include astrocytomas, ependymomas, glioblastomas, oligoastrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas.
• Meningiomas. A meningioma is a tumor that arises from the membranes that surround your brain and spinal cord (meninges). Most meningiomas are noncancerous.
• Acoustic neuromas (schwannomas). These are benign tumors that develop on the nerves that control balance and hearing leading from your inner ear to your brain.
• Pituitary adenomas. These are mostly benign tumors that develop in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. These tumors can affect the pituitary hormones with effects throughout the body.
• Medulloblastomas. These are the most common cancerous brain tumors in children. A medulloblastoma starts in the lower back part of the brain and tends to spread through the spinal fluid. These tumors are less common in adults, but they do occur.
• Germ cell tumors. Germ cell tumors may develop during childhood where the testicles or ovaries will form. But sometimes germ cell tumors affect other parts of the body, such as the brain.
• Craniopharyngiomas. These rare, noncancerous tumors start near the brain’s pituitary gland, which secretes hormones that control many body functions. As the craniopharyngioma slowly grows, it can affect the pituitary gland and other structures near the brain.
Cancer that begins elsewhere and spreads to the brain
Secondary (metastatic) brain tumors are tumors that result from cancer that starts elsewhere in your body and then spreads (metastasizes) to your brain.
Secondary brain tumors most often occur in people who have a history of cancer.
1. Exposure to radiation.
2. Family history of brain tumors.
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