By Preston Allen 4/8/16
What is Brain Cancer?
Brain cancer is a type of cancer that can occur when the cells in brain tissue become cancerous and spend more time in mitosis, causing the cells to abnormally grow and press on the surrounding areas of the brain. Brain cancer normally affects different parts of the brain depending on where the cancer is, or the upper spinal cord and central nervous system if the tumor begins closer to the spinal cord.
Symptoms of Brain Cancer
The symptoms of brain cancer can vary depending on the location of the tumor. If the tumor is closer to the spinal cord and hits part of the central nervous system, it can impair someones movements. Other symptoms can include: Headache patterns, nausea, vision problems, balance difficulties, speech impairments, confusion in everyday matters, seizures, behavior changes, and hearing problems.
Ways that doctors use to diagnose begin with checking for symptoms, if they recognize symptoms your doctor may give you a physical exam of your vision, hearing, movement, etc. If the physical test is suspicious a doctor may send the patient to do neurological exams, MRI's, CT scans, angiograms, spinal taps, or a biopsy.
Brain Cancer Information Website- National Cancer institute
Brain Cancer Pamphlet- National Cancer Institute
Causes and Symptoms of brain cancer- Mayoclinic
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