Adults with brain cancers can present with fits or seizures. Other signs and symptoms that suggest increased pressure within the skull include persistent headaches associated with vomiting and double vision. Pressure builds up within the skull because the skull is a bony structure that cannot expand. A cancer growing within the brain inside the skull causes pressure to increase. Other patients may develop weakness and/or numbness of one side of their body that is similar to a stroke.
Computerised Tomography scans (CT) and magnetic resonance scans (MRI) of the brain are able to detect most brain cancers. These scans may also determine if there is increased pressure within the skull. The exact type of cancer will be determined after a biopsy of the cancer. Sometimes, because of the position of the cancer, a biopsy is not attempted because the risk of causing damage to neighbouring important structures is very high.
I have headaches all the time. Could I be suffering from brain cancer?
Headaches have many causes, such as stress, eyesight problems, and migraine. Seek medical help if there are worrisome symptoms, such as vomiting, double vision, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or if the headache is getting progressively worse.
My mother had breast cancer. Now she has brain cancer. Why does she have so many illnesses? Will she die soon?
When breast cancer spreads to the brain, the cancer cells there are still breast cancer cells. It is an advanced stage of breast cancer. With appropriate treatment, some of her symptoms may be controlled. Cancer that has spread to the brain does not necessarily mean that it is immediately life-threatening if appropriate treatment is sought.
Cancer Resources on the Internet
American Cancer Society : www.cancer.org
Cancer Care, inc. : www.cancercare.org
Cancer Information Service (National cancer Institute, USA): www.nci.nih.gov
CancerNet (National Cancer Institute, USA): www.cancernet.nci.nih.gov
For further enquiries on brain cancer, please call the Cancer Helpline at (65) 6225 5655 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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