Brain Tumor Awarness

By: Swoad Rahman

What Caues Brain Tumors

Not too many people know what causes brain tumors but we only know about a few risk factors that have been founded by research from scientists and doctors. Children who receive radiation to their head have a higher risk of developing a brain tumor than adults. Rare genetic conditions such as neurofibromatosis or Li-Fraumeni syndrome can cause brain tumors. Peoples age is also a risk factor, people over the age of 65 are diagnosed with brain cancer at a rate four times higher than younger people.

National Brain Tumor Society

National Brain Tumor Society is a organization that raises money for research. The NBTS states that " Today, nearly 700,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor, and 69,000 more will be diagnosed this year. With no available cure and limited treatment options, brain tumors dramatically impact the quality of life for all those affected. But all of us have reason to hope for a better prognosis for those living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow".
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Treatment

Treatment for brain tumors depends on the patient health, age, size of tumor. Brain tumors are treated by surgeries, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy, is the use of high-powered rays to damage cancer cells and stop them from growing. It is often used to destroy tumor tissue that cannot be removed with surgery or to kill cancer cells that may remain after surgery. Radiation therapy also is used when surgery is not possible.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. The doctor may use just one drug or a combination, usually giving the drugs orally or by injection into a blood vessel or muscle. Intrathecal chemotherapy involves injecting the drugs into the cerebrospinal fluid.

Surgery

Surgery is the usual treatment for most brain tumors. To remove a brain tumor, a neurosurgeon makes an opening in the skull. This operation is called a craniotomy. Whenever possible, the surgeon attempts to remove the entire tumor. If the tumor cannot be completely removed without damaging vital brain tissue, your doctor may remove as much of the tumor as possible.