Did you know that about 16,616 people die from brain cancer or tumors a year (Brain Tumors By The Numbers)? Some kinds of brain tumors don’t show symptoms we acknowledge. This article will explain some symptoms of brain tumors and a few real life cases. To understand brain tumors better, you need to know how they form.
Brain cancer is a disease that starts in the cells of our brain. Genes inside each cell order it to grow, work, reproduce, and die. Normally, our cells listen to these orders, and we remain healthy. But sometimes the orders get mixed up, causing the cells to form lumps and tumors, or spread through the bloodstream and lymphatic system to other parts of the body.
Tumors can be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumor cells stay in the same place in the body and are usually not life-threatening. Malignant tumor cells are able to invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body.”(Evolution of Brain Tumor and Stability of Geometric Invariants) So to sum that up… if normal cells turn cancerous, it will most likely create a tumor.
Now that you know how brain tumors start, you should know some common symptoms. According to “Brain Tumor Symptoms and Signs,” symptoms may include “Headaches: it may get worse when you first wake up. Seizures: there are many types of seizures and almost all of them are a symptom of brain tumors. Memory changes, or changes in the way you act. Fatigue and drowsiness are also some symptoms(Symptoms and Signs).” These are only some of the symptoms so if you suspect a brain tumor call a specialist right away.
Next you should know of some cases of real brain tumors. According to Brain Tumor By Any Other Name “The patient in this case is a 63 year old male. He has been experiencing headaches everyday for about six weeks. His wife said his balance wasn’t too good and he was walking into walls. She also stated that his personality had slight changes. When he was given a CT there was a 4 x 6 cm mass in the frontoparietal area of his brain. This mass was classified as a meningioma. His only treatment option if he wanted to live was to have it surgically removed. He went ahead with the surgery and there were no complications. He fully recovered and lived a normal life after that(Prime Clinical Case Studies).” A pregnant patient with a brain tumor. “The patient is 27-weeks into her first pregnancy and is 34 years old. She was vomiting, had blurry vision, and was having migraines. After her MRI it was realized that she had a cerebellar hemorrhagic mass. Her treatment plan was carefully planned and it was decided that she would have the surgery before she delivered.There was no other treatment plan because of how much pressure was on her brain. During the surgery the fetus was monitored the whole time. There was no sign of the fetus being impacted. The tumor was fully resected and two days later she delivered a baby girl.”(Case Study: Pregnant Patient in Third Trimester Successfully Treated for Large Brain Tumor)
Now that you have heard everything I have to say about brain tumors I hope that you have learned something. With the information I have given you, I hope that if you or a family member or friend have a brain tumor you will notice and seek medical attention as soon as possible.