Brain Cancer

by Nicole Antman, period A2 , May 12th 2016

What is Brain Cancer?

Brain cancer is a condition in which infectious cancer cells develop in the brain tissue. They form a tumor which will interfere with crucial brain functions such as muscle control, memory, sensation and other very important body activities. Tumors that have cancerous cells are known as malignant (infectious) tumors and the tumors made up of mostly noncancerous cells are called benign tumors. Data shows that brain cancer is not a very common disease. It will affect about 23,000 people annually and 13,000 people out of the 23,000 have died. However there are side effects to the disease. If anyone experiences any of the following side effects they must contact their doctor immediately.

Ten Facts About Brain Cancer

Brain Cancer can cause:

- Difficulty with speech.

- Difficulty with vision, blurred vision, double vision, only bad vision on one/both eye/s.

- Difficulty walking and dizziness.

- Seizures.

- Nausea and vomiting.

- Change in memory.

- When someone has brain cancer a change can occur in their alertness and reflects.

- Extreme headaches, changing in the way that the headaches feel, and sometimes only on one side of the brain.

- Not all brain tumors are cancerous.

Other facts about brain cancer:

- Brain cancer is the second leading cause of death in adults.

Five Things a Person With Brain Cancer Should do to Improve Their Lifestyle and Health

- A person with brain cancer can be given a prescription drug like "Chemotherapy drugs. They are used to kill tumor cells by attacking them directly. They can be taken orally or injected into a vein. The chemotherapy drugs may cause quite unpleasant experiences, including nausea, vomiting and hair loss. "

-Another type of drug that a brain cancer patient can take is Targeted drugs. This treatment focuses on specific abnormalities of the cancer cells. The drugs suppress those abnormalities, making the cancer cells to die."

- Radiation Therapy - It uses high-energy beams, like X-rays or photons, to get rid of cancer cells.

- When someone already has brain cancer, and the tumor is in an accessible part of the brain, then that person can have surgery performed to remove the malignant tissue.

- A person which brain cancer can have alternative treatments. They will not get rid of the problem, but will alleviate the pain and side effects of the tumor.

Who Develops Brain Cancer?

Brian Cancer is mostly found in adults as it is the second leading cause of death in adults. However anyone can get Brain Cancer, it is more rare in children. Someways that people can develop Brian Cancer is that they have family history of brain cancer, that they were exposed to radiation, or just because of ageing. When someone ages, their brain ages with them, sometimes the brain sops working properly as the person gets older. Children can also be born with Brain Cancer, but that is an extremely rare situation.