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Brain Cancer What you need to Know

Posted On: Dec 27, 2019

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Among all types of Cancers, brain cancer is considered the most dangerous; it’s normally difficult to identify at earlier stages and has a high mortality rate. As the primary symptoms of brain cancer can be confused with other diseases, diagnosing brain cancer at the initial stages could be challenging at the same time.

What is Brain Cancer?

The brain cancer constitutes abnormal cell growth in the local areas of the brain. The tumours that have a local place of origin are called primary brain tumours. The ‘metastatic brain tumour’ is initiated in the secondary part of the brain, and gets transmitted to the Cerebrum. Both types of cancer could be either benign or malignant (spreading). The tumour may consequently get large and press on the adjacent areas of the brain, causing pain or bleeding in critical situations.

Symptoms of brain Cancer

As with any ailment, brain cancer needs to be identified based on its symptoms. As with any other disease, finding the cancer source at the initial stages is important for treating cancer.

Following are the basic symptoms of brain cancer, which may require subjecting yourself to a doctor’s diagnosis. To get the best treatment, visit the top neurosurgery hospital in Bangalore

  • Headache

Headache due to brain tumour is caused because of the enlarging brain tissue pushing into the adjacent nerve cells and displacing the spinal fluid. Pain due to a brain tumour is often severe and gets bad with time. It’s also found to be aggravated in the morning.

  • Nausea and Vomiting

A brain tumour can often result in the patient suffering from extreme Nausea and Vomiting.  The patient can often suffer from entire blackouts and loss of partial memory.

  • Muscle jerking or twitching

If the tumour is near the control centres of the brain, the seizure can often result in body discomfort or Muscle jerking or twitching. It can even often lose partial control of the body, making the body temperature to be extremely volatile.

Tests to Determine Brain Cancer

The symptoms of brain cancer could negatively affect the ability to function normally. Persistent symptoms require medical attention and the doctor may subject you to the following tests.

External Tests to Check Brain Tumor

  • Neurological exam

As the brain directly affects your ability to function normally, the doctor can directly check your visual and hearing capabilities to confirm any problems. Any sudden lack of capabilities or weakness also indicates the presence of a new growth among the grey cells.

  • MRI Scan testing

The MRI scan machine consists of a large machine with multiple strong magnets that take magnetic pictures of the brain at various angles. Apart from giving an accurate position of the tumour, the working of the MRI scan can also help derive an average size and shape of the tumour.

  • CT Scan Machine

The CT scan is a sophisticated X-ray machine that takes a series of pictures of your head. The better the sophistication of the X-ray machine and the distinction of brain parts through injecting foreign ink, the better the CT scan will determine any potential abnormality.

Internal Tests to Check Brain Tumor

  • Spinal Tap

At the spinal tap, a sample of the cerebral fluid is removed and subjected to examination. Fluid removal is achieved through an accurate needle that accesses the lower part of the spinal column.

  • Biopsy

The biopsy involves the removal of an actual brain tissue for examination. This is often taken as the final confirmation measure for brain cancer.

Note: This article serves as a basic pointer. Any discomfort that could be associated with brain cancer needs to be immediately notified to the concerned doctor.

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