What are the symptoms of brain cancer?

Brain Cancer

Can it be cured completely? What if it is not diagnosed in time?

Relax!

To catch out on its growth within your body at an early stage, you need to look out for some symptoms that could help you to secure yourself down the road.

But first let us go through the common symptoms and signs of Cancer for some depth insights, which are as follows:

  • blood in the stool
  • An abrupt decrease in the number of RBCs (anemia)
  • abnormal urination
  • persistent cough
  • unidentified weight loss
  • indigestion or swelling problems
  • fever and night sweats

Now turn the whole discussion to one of the most severe types, which is ‘brain tumor,’ let us unfold the Symptoms and Signs that may point towards this direction.

To start with, a brain tumor is said to occur when some extra mass accumulates due to the growth of abnormal cells within the brain. The deviation in the normal life cycle of a cell, i.e., growing, reproducing, and dividing, and finally collapsing, mainly occurs due to mutations in DNA with various other factors. Brain Tumor can be both non-cancerous (benign) and malignant (cancerous).

150 different types of brain cancer-causing tumors have been indexed, but most of the brain tumors fall under the following categories:

1.Chordoma

A rare form of cancer that mainly affects the skull base, surrounding bones, the spine, and related soft tissue.

Symptoms:

  • May feel eye movement abnormality
  • Headache
  • voice or speech modulation
  • neck pain
  • Bowel insensitivity
  • numbness or feeling of low energy

2.Glioblastoma

Known for its fast growth, it mainly affects the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain.

Symptoms:

  • headache
  • vomiting or nausea
  • memory harm
  • Blurred vision or other vision problems
  • Seizures

3.Pituitary adenoma

It mainly hits the blood pressure, dropping it below the average level and also lead to sexual hormone swings, tiredness, and difficulty in dealing with stress.

Symptoms

  • Headache
  • increased number of urination
  • unexplained weight loss or gain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • inactiveness or dullness

4.Acoustic neuroma

It Mainly affects the nerve that passes the inner ear to the brain. Though found to occur at any age, it mainly affects the adults in the base of their brain.

Symptoms

  • Ringing or other imbalance in the ear
  • loss of balance
  • unsteadiness
  • numbness or depression

5.Astrocytoma

It originates from glial cells and confines itself to the brain and spinal cord.

Symptoms

  • Appetite loss leading to weight loss
  • cognitive depression
  • mood swings
  • vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • regular and intense headaches

6.Meningioma

Though it grows at a slow pace, since it nurtures in the brain and spinal cord, it may prove to be noxious for the nerves in the surrounding.

Symptoms:

  • Pupil size change
  • Coordination problem within the internal system
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Vision loss or blurriness

The Warning signs of various Brain Tumor types largely depend on the type of cells, area of attack as well as the spread. If one is not entertained while going through the specific symptoms of various types of brain cancer, they may look for these common symptoms.

The below- listed Signs will serve you the purpose and help in early detection.

Symptoms, not to be ignored

Brain Cancer

1. Seizures

Some variety of brain tumors tends to pressurize the surrounding tissues and organs. When such interference happens with electrical signals, it leads to a seizure. It is seen that about 50% of Brain Tumor sufferers encounter at least one seizure, if not more.

2. Cognitive confusion

Brain tumors such as glioblastoma directly affect the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain, which further comprises the cerebral hemisphere. It leads to severe memory loss problems.

3. Depression

This is one of the most common symptoms that are being encountered very frequently. It includes feeling sad or long-lasting inactiveness, no movements of enjoying, feeling of worthlessness, or even thoughts of suicide.

  1. Vomiting and nausea
  2. Frequent headache

With time, this headache problem usually grows to a large extent. It has been reported in 50% of people suffering from a brain tumor. One possible reason may be due to significant pressure, exerted by the accumulated mass on sensitive nerves as well as blood vessels.

Diagnosis

Some detection methods confirm the presence of brain tumors, for the symptoms and signs alone cannot serve the whole purpose. These include:

  • Neurological exams
  • imaging test (MRI)
  • CT Scan
  • Biopsy
  • spinal tap
  • Angiogram.

Treatments

The aptest treatment method primarily depends on the type as well as the location of the tumor.

The following conventional treatments would cover most types of brain tumors.

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • radiosurgery
  • chemotherapy
  • targeted drug therapy
  • Some other non-professional treatments include excellent and healthy eating habits, regular exercise, acupuncture, music therapy, meditation, relaxation, and art therapy.
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