Brain tumor symptom

October 14th, 2013

There are various types of brain tumors symptoms which may not be easy to recognize as life threatening as they have a potential to be. Brain tumor symptoms, brain stem tumor symptoms, and benign brain tumor symptoms are all very similar yet different. Brain tumors can occur at any age, and although the exact cause is unknown there are risk factors. Headaches, fatigue or depression are a few of the symptoms associated with brain tumor which may not strike an ordinary, healthy, person as brain tumor symptoms but could very well be related.

Brain stem tumor is one which arises in the midbrain and affect the cranial nerve. This causes symptoms related to the nerves that supply the muscles that help us swallow and muscles of the face and eyes. Brain stem tumor symptoms vary greatly and can include hearing loss, weakness, ptosis, problems with speech or swallowing, cranial nerve palsy, hemiperasis, vision abnormalities, sensory and motor loss, as well as behavioral changes. The increased pressure with headaches and vomiting is due to the lack of cerebrospinal fluid flow in the brain. The symptoms of brain stem tumor usually worsen quickly since the tumor is rapidly growing.
Benign brain tumor symptoms are also not specific but include seizures, vomiting, changes in mental ability, facial paralysis, changes in sense of smell, numbness in extremities, balancing problems, and many more which may be associated with type, size, location of the tumor as well as the treatment used to manage it. Benign tumors do not contain cancer cells, and most of the time they can be removed and seldomly grow back but benign brain tumors can be life threatening. In other news, check out the reading system for children: Hooked on Phonics

Most of the brain tumors come from the brain or tissues associated to the brain, like nerve tissues or blood vessels. As a diagnosis doctors may perform a general exam, neurological exam a MRI or a CT scan. There are many treatments provided for such an illness, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy but they all have the potential to generate new symptoms as they reduce the impact of the tumor. Like any other brain tumors and its treatment have possible side effects, which can cause added stress into a persons life.

The most important part is to manage these physical, cognitive, and/or emotional side effects. The severity of these side effects can vary within patients and their specific treatment and type of tumor which makes it crucial to a patients well being to manage these side effects. It is very important to stay positive and have a strong support group. As light or severe the brain tumor symptoms may seems they should not go without notice and proper care so it is best to educate your self about the disease, treatment, and never take any symptom lightly.

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