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Brain Tumor

brain tumor

The brain is the most complex organ, and it controls all the vital functions of our body, such as thoughts, speech, and body movement. The formation of a tumor in the brain and its treatment methods often lead to significant changes in these processes for life. In the future, this can lead to both a significant complication of a person’s daily actions and his early death. Therefore, it is very vital to timely detect the development of this ailment.

The American Cancer Society for 2021 estimates, which includes both adults and children, there are about 24,530 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord that will be diagnosed. These numbers would be much higher if benign (non-cancer) tumors were also included. However, this disease can be prevented by learning the most important medically reviewed information about brain tumors gathered in this article.

Here we discuss:

  • How to recognize brain cancer?
  • What should you pay attention to while doing this?
  • When is it time to make an appointment with a doctor?
  • Can brain cancer be cured?
  • What are the methods for diagnosing and treating this disease?

If you still have questions, you can always get an answer to them. It is enough to contact our staff at Lone Star Neurology Clinic in any way convenient for you. In any case, if you see similarities in the description of the symptoms and signs of this disease, you should not diagnose yourself on your own. Only a doctor can do this.

What is a brain tumor?

What is a brain tumor

A brain tumor is a collection of abnormal cells that divide and grow rapidly. They rarely spread to other parts of the body, but most can spread through brain tissue. The danger of this type of tumor lies in the disruption of the basic functions of the brain.

There are over 130 types of brain cancer. They are classified according to how quickly they grow and what is the possibility of recurrence after treatment. There are two main kinds of brain tumors benign and malignant. Let’s take a closer look at them:

  • Benign brain tumors, grade 1 or 2, are characterized by relatively slow growth and are less likely to return after treatment. Benign neoplasms in the brain, which are rarely life-threatening in other parts of the body, can press on and destroy healthy brain tissue as they grow, which can lead to serious and sometimes life-threatening damage. These include chordomas (most common in people aged 50 to 60), craniopharyngiomas, gangliocytomas, gangliomas, anaplastic gangliomas (occur mainly in young people), meningiomas, pineocytomas, pituitary adenomas (usually affect people between the ages of 30 and 40 years), and schwannomas.
  • Malignant brain tumors, grade 3 or 4, can occur directly in the brain (primary tumors) or metastasize there from a tumor elsewhere in the body (secondary tumors) and have an increased likelihood of recurrence. The most common metastases to the brain are tumors of the lungs, mammary glands, colorectal cancer, kidney cancer, and skin melanoma. The most typical variety of malignant brain tumors in adults are gliomas, which involve: astrocytomas (most often found in middle-aged men), ependymomas, glioblastoma multiforme (more common in people aged 50 to 70 years and in men than women), medulloblastomas, and oligodendrogliomas.

Causes of a brain tumor

It is rather difficult to establish the causes of primary brain tumors and it is not possible for all patients. But with all types of cancer, a change occurs in the most important macromolecule for humanity in DNA. Based on this, neurologists have identified some medically reviewed factors that can increase the risk of this disease, among them:

  • Radiation exposure. People who have been exposed to ionizing radiation (for example, radiation therapy for cancer, radiation from atomic bombs, etc.) have an increased risk of brain tumors.
  • Family medical history of brain tumors. A small quantity of brain tumors occurs in people who have a family health history of brain tumors or genetic syndromes that increase the risk of developing a tumor.
  • Age. Despite the fact that the onset of a tumor is possible at any age, they occur more often in children and the elderly.
  • Sex. In general, men are more susceptible to this type of tumor than women. But some specific types of tumors, such as meningioma, are more common in women.

In addition, research is currently underway on the relationship between the occurrence of tumors and the impact of such factors:

  • chemicals (solvents, pesticides, petroleum products, etc.);
  • infections, viruses, allergens;
  • electromagnetic fields;
  • head injuries and seizures;
  • race and ethnicity.

In general, a risk factor could be anything that increases the likelihood of developing a brain tumor. Knowing the risk factors that you are exposed to can help you, and your doctor detects a tumor in time.

Brain Cancer Symptoms

Brain Cancer Symptoms

There are many medically reviewed symptoms and signs of brain tumors. Their manifestation depends on the size of the tumor, location, and rate of its growth. The most typical manifestations of brain cancer involve:

  • the occurrence of frequent, uncharacteristic headaches, a change in the nature of the pain or its intensification;
  • unexplained nausea or vomiting;
  • vision problems such as blurred and double vision, or loss of peripheral vision;
  • gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or leg;
  • difficulty with balance;
  • speech problems;
  • confusion in daily activities, feeling confused or disorientated;
  • changes in personality or behavior;
  • convulsions, especially if not previously observed;
  • hearing problems;
  • memory impairment and difficulty concentrating;
  • drowsiness, trouble sleeping.

In order to understand how brain tumors manifest themselves, below we have given the medically reviewed symptoms of the most common of them:

  • meningioma (headaches, weakness in an arm or leg, personality changes, vision problems, seizures);
  • glioblastoma multiforme (nausea and vomiting, headaches that may be worse in the morning, weakness in the body (e.g., in the arm, leg, or face), memory problems, seizures, difficulty balancing);
  • astrocytomas (headaches, memory loss, seizures, changes in behavior);
  • pituitary tumors (headaches, vision problems, changes in behavior, hormone levels);
  • metastatic tumors (headaches, epileptic seizures, loss of short-term memory, changes in personality and behavior, weakness on one side of the body, difficulty with balance).

We hope that our article with medically reviewed information has helped you to study the topic of brain tumors more thoroughly. But it is worth considering that these manifestations do not always indicate a brain tumor since similar signs can cause a huge number of other less serious diseases. To confirm or refute suspicions, neurologists conduct the necessary diagnostic examinations at the first signs of brain cancer.

Be alert to changes in well-being. If you notice constant headaches or nausea, or if you suddenly cease to control your movements a little, then you should consult a doctor for advice. It will not help if you diagnose yourself with brain cancer. Only high-quality neurologists and instrumental imaging methods computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allow a doctor to determine a brain tumor accurately.

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Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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