What is a brain tumor?
- A brain tumor is mass, an abnormal growth of cell in the brain. There are many types of brain tumors, which can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant.
What are common symptoms of brain tumors?
- Common symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, disorientation, speech difficulty, hearing problems, or behavior changes.
What causes a brain tumor?
- Brain tumors form from cell mutations in DNA, and continue to divide and grow at increased rates.
Is a brain tumor cancer?
- No, not all brain tumors are cancer. By obtaining a brain tumor biopsy, a neuropathologist can analyze the type of cells which make up the brain tumor to determine if the tumor is benign or malignant.
What is a biopsy?
- A biopsy is the process of removing tissue for a diagnostic examination. These biopsies are performed in the operating room.
What is a metastatic brain tumor?
- A metastatic brain tumor is cancer in another part of the body that has spread to the brain.
Do all brain tumors need to be surgically removed?
- Depending on the type of brain tumor, it can be observed and not surgically removed right away. Depending on the type and location of the brain tumor, radiation can be an option for treatment.
How long is recovery from brain surgery?
- The length of recovery is different for everyone, and depends on the procedure used to remove the brain tumor, location of the tumor, areas of the brain affected by the surgery, and the patient’s overall health and age.
Do brain tumors come back after they have been removed?
- It is not possible to predict which tumors will be recurrent after being removed. It is very important to maintain follow up appointments with your treating Neurosurgeon to monitor the tumor status.
What is radiation?
- Radiation therapy uses high energy radiation to shrink and kill cancer cells. Radiation can be used in many different types of doses, depending on the brain tumor.
What is a brain aneurysm?
- A brain aneurysm is a weak spot on a blood vessel, which is often discovered after it has ruptured.
How are brain aneurysms treated?
- Once discovered, the brain aneurysm is either clipped or the patient undergoes endovascular coiling. If the aneurysm is discovered after rupturing, the goal is to stop the bleeding and potential permanent damage to the brain.
What is a brain hemorrhage?
- A brain hemorrhage is a type of stroke caused by an artery in the brain that has burst. This can be caused by head trauma, high blood pressure, aneurysms, blood vessel abnormalities, amyloid agiopathy, bleeding disorders, liver disease, and brain tumors.
What is the treatment plan for brain hemorrhage?
- Treatment for brain hemorrhage depends on location and extent of the bleed, and can include either medical management to stop the bleeding, or surgery.
What is Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)?
- NPH is an excess amount cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. Symptoms can be all or one of the following: incontinence, memory loss, and gait disturbance. NPH is treated surgically with a shunt, which diverts the extra CSF into the abdominal cavity.
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What is an MRI?
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field to make pictures of organs and structures in the body. MRI’s are used to identify tumors, bleeding, blood vessel disease, or infection.
What is a CT?
- Computerized Tomography (CT) combines a series of detailed X-Rays taken from many different angles to make pictures of structures in the body.