Brain Cancer / Brain Tumor
Brain cancer, also known as a brain tumor, is defined as the growth of abnormal cells in the brain. There are many types of brain tumors, some of them are cancerous and some are not. Depending on the location of the tumor, it can affect various parts of the nervous system and affect the type of treatment the patient needs. There are 2 types of brain tumors, a primary brain tumor which is cancer that begins in the brain and secondary brain tumor which is cancer that begins somewhere else (such as breast cancer, colon cancer & lung cancer) and spreads to the brain.
Primary brain tumor Normal cells are mutated, and these mutated cells are replicated at a very fast pace as compared to healthy cells so as a result the mutated cells will continue to reside in the brain as compared to the healthy cells and this forms a tumor.
Secondary brain tumor Cancer from other parts of the body spreads itself to the brain and causes a brain tumor.
A neurological exam, as well as an imaging test or a biopsy, will be performed to confirm the diagnosis. The doctor also may perform other tests to make sure cancer has not spread to any other parts of the body.
Signs & symptoms:
Headaches or changes in headache patterns and these headaches become more frequent and severe.
Having nausea or vomiting without any reason.
Vision and hearing problems.
Gradual loss of sensation or movement in limbs and difficulty balancing himself/herself
Experience speech difficulties.
Personality or behavioral changes.
Go for chemotherapy, radiation and any other type of therapy to help kill the cancer cells.
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent cancer but by living a healthy and active lifestyle it can help reduce the chances of developing cancer.