A Brain Tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in your brain.
Many different types of Brain Tumors exist. Some Brain Tumors are noncancerous (benign), and some Brain Tumors are cancerous (malignant). Brain Tumors can begin in your brain (primary brain tumors), or cancer can begin in other parts of your body and spread to your brain as secondary (metastatic) Brain Tumors.
The treatment options for Brain Tumors are categorized as surgery, Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy. As per individual diagnosis, a combination of any of the above mentioned methods is used.
The Most Common Symptoms of a Brain Tumor include :
Numbness in Arms and Legs
Balance and Walking Problems
Nausea and Vomiting
Some Factors that may increase your Risk of a Brain Tumors include :
Exposure to Radiation : People who have been exposed to a type of radiation called ionizing radiation have an increased risk of brain tumor. Examples of ionizing radiation include radiation therapy used to treat cancer and radiation exposure caused by atomic bombs.
Family History of Brain Tumors : A small portion of brain tumors occurs in people with a family history of brain tumors or a family history of genetic syndromes that increase the risk of brain tumors.
Age : Risk for most types of brain tumors increases with age.
Types of Brain Tumor :
Biopsy : A surgery performed to remove a sample of tumor tissue.
Craniotomy : An operation carried out to remove a portion of the skull. By doing so, it allows the neurosurgeon to find and delete the tumor as much as possible. The removed part is replaced after the surgery.
Debulking : Surgery is done to reduce the size of the tumor.
Complete Removal : Surgery is done to remove the entire tumor.
Skull Based Surgery : It belongs to the area of a tumor as well as the specialized technique used in the removal of tumors in this field.
Transsphenoidal Surgery : A surgery performed to operate on pituitary adenomas and craniopharyngiomas.