Though all our organs are important and somehow interconnected, we can do without one of our kidneys and live with a transplanted heart. But the whole thing is different when it comes to brain. When the latter gets damaged, it means that the whole body will feel the effect. Brain tumor is in the list of the conditions able to influence the brain in such a way.
Uncontrolled cell division caused by various reasons lead to brain tumors. Brain tumors can be either benign or malignant. The former are not considered dangerous and can be surgically removed. The latter, however, are dangerous and represent a threat to health and well-being of a person. In general, the growth of tumors is named brain cancer.
Brain tumors have also another division which is primary and secondary (metastatic) tumors. The former usually starts to develop in the brain directly or somewhere next to it. To primary brain tumors refer acoustic neuroma, brain stem glioma, astrocytoma, ependymoma, meningioma, also medulloblastoma, as well as pineoblastoma, and some others. What concerns secondary brain tumors, they form in the result of metastatic cancer spread to the brain. Colon cancer, cancer of breast, lung and kidneys cancer, also melanoma, sarcoma and neuroblastoma commonly spread to the brain.
The tumor size and location are the two decisive factors that define the type of the certain symptoms’ appearance . There are cases known when a tumor shows no symptoms at all and only can be discovered accidentally.
The following symptoms are the most frequent for brain tumor:
• headache (that is continuous and tends to impair);
• vomiting (is reported more frequently in kids);
• muscle weakness;
• sleep apnea (also somnolence, coma and other types of altered types of consciousness);
• hearing and vision problems
• behavioral changes;
• lethargy, weakness, balance or coordination problems are also possible;
• as well as speech difficulties, memory problems and together with the loss of sensation and hormonal disorders.
It should be also taken into consideration that the symptoms’ appearance is connected with the harm done by the tumor. Whether it is a case of behavioral or cognitive impairment; partial paralysis of the body; disability to comprehend language or the visual field impairment, or else – it all depends on what level the damage has already reached.
In conclusion where should be said that a brain tumor is not a condition to be trifled with – it is dangerous and more than often fraught with lethal outcomes. Therefore it is vital to recognize the very early symptoms of brain tumor even if they frequently tend to coincide with other illnesses’ symptoms. The earlier the condition is diagnosed the easier it is to be treated.