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  • Brain tumor
    By Health Blog on March 28, 2010 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

    Brain cancer is one of the major health problems that effects adults of all ages and is one of the few cancers that occur in children. Most of the brain tumors are gliomas and are developed from glial cells. Symptoms and treatment for this disease depend on which part of the brain is being affected.

    Brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system which is responsible for our physical and metal activities. Brain and spinal cord tumors can be either harmful (cancerous) or not harmful (not cancerous).One of the fact is that approximately 400 Victorians are diagnosed with cancerous tumours of the central nervous system each year. So we should consider this as one of the big health problems.

    Benign brain tumors – These are tumors that grow often slow and are unlikely to spread, but they can damage the brain tissue. Usually, this type of tumor can be removed with surgery.

    Malignant brain tumours – These type of tumors vary in how they grow and respond to treatment. Some are contained inside a capsule and these are easy to remove, while others have thin filaments and these spread through the brain making them very difficult to take out.

    brain tumor

    brain tumor

    Risks and causes

    There are several reasons for the occurrence of these tumors so, the causes of primary brain tumour are not fully understood. Researchers are still investigating possible causes. Brain and spinal cord tumors are more common in people with inherited or genetic conditions. They are also more common in people exposed to very high doses of radiation from radioactive elements. However, for most people, the cause of their brain tumor is not known.

    Symptoms

    Symptoms mainly depend on which part of the brain the tumour affects. Generally, a growing tumor and swelling brain tissue presses on the brain causing symptoms. Symptoms can include:

    • Headaches – This is one of the most common symptoms and may be severe and persistent, or come and go often.

    • Fits

    • Nausea and vomiting

    • Difficulty speaking or thinking of words

    • Disturbed vision, hearing, smell or taste

    • Weakness or paralysis in parts of the body

    • Loss of balance

    • Irritability, drowsiness or personality changes.

    • Loss of consciousness.

    Diagnosis

    Some of the tests that include in the process of diagnosis are:

    • Neurological examination – This tests your muscle strength, reflexes, memory and your ability to tell hot from cold on your skin like sensation tests.

    • Eye test – the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, tends to bulge a little if a tumor is present.

    • CT scan – three dimensional x-rays are used for this kind of diagnosis.

    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – similar to a CT scan, but magnetism instead of x-rays is used to create a picture. This test can clearly show the presence of tumor.

    • X-rays and blood tests – to test your general health. • Angiogram – injected dye is x-rayed as it flows through the blood vessels of your brain. This is not done for all types of brain tumors.

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  • Treatment Facts About Cancer
    By Health Blog on April 27, 2009 | No Comments  Comments

    1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

    2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

    3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

    4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

    5. Change of diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system, to overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies

    growth of cancer

    growth of cancer

    6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells, but during its course it also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow,
    gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause damage to the organs, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

    7. Radiation: Destroys the cancer cells, but also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

    8. Reduction in the tumor size is often seen in initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation but prolonged use of them do not result in more tumor destruction.

    9. The immune system is either compromised or destroyed when the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

    10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Cancer cells can also spread to other sites with surgery.

    11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

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