Brain Cancer – Symptoms Causes and Treatment

The uncontrolled growth of cancer cells which forms malignant tumor in brain leads to the development of a serious ailment know as brain cancer. There are two types of brain cancer:

Primary brain cancer develops in brain itself and is very rarest type of brain cancer. It spreads easily and attacks healthy tissues in spinal cord and brain. According to National Cancer Institute, about 19000 people in US suffer from primary brain cancer ailment every year.

Secondary brain cancer is very common and occurs in other areas of body like breast, kidney, and lung, skin or prostate and then spread to brain. It is also famous with the name of metastatic brain cancer.

Symptoms of brain cancer:

In the early stage of brain cancer, there are no or very less symptoms. Moreover the symptoms of brain cancer vary from individual to individual depending upon the stage of advancement and the area where cancer has developed.

Some of the symptoms of brain cancer are blurred or double vision, dizziness or vertigo, difficulty in walking, difficulty in balancing body, changes in mood, personality and behavior, difficulty in hearing, smelling and tasting, difficulties with thinking, writing, reading and memory, numbness or tingling sensation in arms or legs, in coordination, headaches, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting, muscle twitching, spasms or seizures.

What causes brain cancer?

There are number of factors that increase the chances of development of brain cancer in body. You would be surprise to read that not all people with risk factor will suffer from brain cancer.

It has been seen that people who do not have risk factors have died due to brain cancer in their life. So check out the risk factors that causes brain cancer in body!

  • Impaired immune system
  • Family history of brain cancer
  • Radiation therapy of head
  • Certain inherited conditions like Turcot syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, neurofibromatosis and Von hipel-lindau syndrome

Treatment of brain cancer:

Regular medical care is indeed important for treatment of brain cancer.  Health care professionals wonderfully keep record of symptoms of brain cancer and promptly work on them in an effective manner. Some best treatment for brain cancer are:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Pain medications
  • Physical therapy that can help in strengthening body, reducing fatigue, improving functional ability and increasing alertness.
  • Dietary counseling to  maintain nutritional balance in body
  • Palliative care for improving the quality of life of patient as well as his or her family suffering from brain cancer