When to worry about brain tumor

A tumor that pushes on or moves delicate tissue in the cerebrum or brain stem can lead to loss of strength or even paralysis. When to worry: If you have weakness or numbness in your arms, legs, or face that isn’t attributed to a poor sleeping or sitting position and doesn’t go away after a few minutes, head to the ER immediately.

What happens to your brain cells during brain cancer?

Brain tumor. Overview. Brain tumor A brain tumor can form in the brain cells (as shown), or it can begin elsewhere and spread to the brain. As the tumor grows, it creates pressure on and changes the function of surrounding brain tissue, which causes signs and symptoms such as headaches, nausea and balance problems.

What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

Brain tumor symptoms include headaches, nausea or vomiting, balance and walking problems, mood and personality changes, memory problems, and numbness or tingling in the legs. Learn about surgery, types of brain tumors, and other treatments.

How do you know if you have a brain tumor?

The signs and symptoms of a brain tumor vary greatly and depend on the brain tumor’s size, location and rate of growth. General signs and symptoms caused by brain tumors may include: New onset or change in pattern of headaches. Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe. Unexplained nausea or vomiting.

What happens when a brain tumor spreads?

A brain tumor can form in the brain cells (as shown), or it can begin elsewhere and spread to the brain. As the tumor grows, it creates pressure on and changes the function of surrounding brain tissue, which causes signs and symptoms such as headaches, nausea and balance problems.

What is brain tumor and brain cancer?

A brain tumor is a mass of abnormally growing cells in the brain or skull. It can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Unlike other cancers, a cancer arising from brain tissue (a primary brain cancer) rarely spreads.

What is brain cancer and how does it occur?

Brain cancer facts Brain cancer can arise from many different types of brain cells (primary brain cancer) or occur when cancer cells from other parts of the body spread (metastasize) to the brain. True brain cancers are those that arise in the brain itself. Grades of brain cancers indicate how aggressive the cancer is.

How do you treat cancer in the brain?

You may be given chemotherapy drugs to destroy cancer cells in your brain and to shrink your tumor. Chemotherapy drugs may be given orally or intravenously. Radiation therapy may be recommended to destroy tumor tissue or cancer cells that cannot be surgically removed. This is done with high-energy waves, such as X-rays.

How can primary brain tumors be prevented?

There is no known way to prevent primary brain tumors. As more is learned about what causes them, more may be done to prevent them. Researchers are studying genetic and hereditary factors, exposure to certain chemicals, and exposure to certain viruses. Some secondary brain tumors that originally started in other organs can be prevented.