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What body system does brain tumor affect besides nervous system?

I have this project and I have to write an essay about a disorder. So I choose brain tumor. I know brain tumor affects the nervous system. I need to write what other system does it affect due to brain tumor and the damage of the nervous system? PLEASE HELP ME!!!! THANK YOU!!

It depends on where the tumor is inside the brain, and whether it's benign or malignant. If it's malignant, it will probably cause the whole body to die unless you have it removed, and even then, it's likely to return. There are many different kinds of brain tumors, and I just mentioned two large categories of brain tumors. I would recommend looking at an anatomy drawing of the brain that's labeled with the functions that each part is primarily responsible for. For example, the pre-frontal cortex is responsible for planning, decision-making, maturity, advanced self-control and emotional self-control, learning from your experience, and inhibition of risk-taking. If you damage this section of the brain, you will have problems with one or more of those things.  (+ info)

Can brain surgery of a tumor of the pituitary gland lead to problems in learning?

My son had a brain tumor that was putting alot of pressure on his pituitary gland and was effecting his hormones. My question is that he has a hard time passing tests in school he knows the stuff but can't seem to pass the tests. Can this type of surgery lead to him unable to keep info? He never had a problem before the sugery. Please help he's getting so frustrated that he can't get is diploma. Thanks!

Any brain surgery can cause issues. There may be some left over swelling You need to discuss it with his neurologist since he is the one who knows exactly what was done and any difficulties there might have been. He may just need to relax, it might be more of an emotional barrier than a physical one or a combination of both. Surely the school will understand and cut him some slack, talk to them. Good luck.  (+ info)

What are signs a brain tumor is getting worse?

If someone has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, what are signs that it is getting worse?

Increased dizziness, increased headache pain, slight vision impairment change, maybe hard to walk, or imppossible to walk. (getting harder to do day to day things as you get tired more frequently.  (+ info)

How long can someone live with a brain tumor without treatment?

Is it possible to have a brain tumor over many years without realizing? and can falls/ bangs to the head cause or trigger brain tumors?

I am not sure if falls / injuries to the head can cause a brain tumor. I have personally never heard of that nor have I met anyone who had that happen to them (then again I only work in a doctors office.)

Now living with it and not know about it, is possible. Depends on the location of the tumor and the tumors rate of growth. Depending on the location you could have shown signs and symptoms with out realizing it and just passed it off as something simple like being tired, a normal headache, light hitting your eyes causing a quick flash etc. Also depending on the size and location you could have gone sometime with out any signs and symptoms because it was not causing any pressure on the brain.  (+ info)

Why will chemo therapy cause a tumor cell to enter apoptosis by damaging DNA, but the original damage did not?

If the job of P53 is to initiate apoptosis in light of DNA damage, hence tumor cell, why does it not initiate until chemotherapy creates the DNA damage?

Good question...
A common cause of many cancers is the loss of function of tumor suppressor genes, such as p53. Amongst other jobs, p53 can initiate apoptosis as one way to control cells.

The problem "when the cancer first starts" is not so much DNA damage as it is DNA alteration- alterations (such as deletions, addition, translocations, epigenetic changes, etc) that affect how genes are expressed. The body has well-recognized repair systems for damaged DNA, but they look generally for other changes in DNA. These kinds of "damage" are ones that interfere with DNA replication usually. The afore-mentioned alterations usually don't interfere with replication- they are happily replicated. They then get passed along and are not recognized as "damage". Ultimately, many of these alterations cause loss of control of cell growth and division (at least the ones that lead to malignancy). Many chemotherapies take advantage of this uncontrolled cell growth and induce damage of some sort or another in DNA, which can trigger apoptosis.

So, initially the changes that can "sneak" through and cause cancer are not either 1) of the type which would be recognized by a repair mechanism, or 2) are flat-out missed.

Does that make sense?  (+ info)

What does the surface of a testicular tumor feel like?

I need to know what the surface of the actual tumor feels like to the touch. Is it rough, bumpy or smooth?

If you think you might have one, go see a doctor.  (+ info)

What happens if you leave a benign tumor in your brain?

I have a benign tumor in my brain. Should I consider surgery?

Be guided by your doctor. Benign means that it will not spread to other parts of your body. However, it can still get bigger and cause problems. Sometimes the doctor will suggest another MRI in 3 months to see if it is growing enough to be a worry. If you are already having symptoms they may well suggest surgery straight away. The doctor will explain the need for surgery and the risks involved, and help you to make a wise decision.  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of a brain tumor other than headaches?

I'm 15. How often do symptoms accompany a brain tumor? I have been getting mild pinpointed headaches in various spots on the left side of my head lately, but I have no other symptoms (ie. nasea, vision problems, etc.) What part of my body does the top left side of my brain control? Any info would be helpful! Thanks!!

I am going to the eye doctor in a few weeks, and my general care doctor in a few more weeks. Would the eye doctor be able to detect anything?

your symptoms just sound like migranes to me. brain tumor symptoms include dizziness, confusion, vision problems, throwing up when you wake up but then feeling better, feeling off balance, and ringing in the ears. i had the same problem, except i've been seeing double. the doctor told me that i was experiencing migranes, but i still haven't found an explanation for the vision problems. but i have had 2 head cts done (imaging of the brain) and they couldnt find anything wrong. if you arent having any other symptoms than a headache, its probably just migraines. but if you are concerned, you can talk to your doctor about it, and you can have a head ct done, its just like an x-ray.  (+ info)

Why would a thyroid tumor have both papillary and follicular cells?

My friend was just dx'd w/ thyroid cancer. She had surgery to remove the 1.2 centimeter tumor in the middle of her thyroid. 3 of the 6 lymph nodes that were taken were found to also have cancer. Why would her tumor be both papillary AND follicular? What does that mean for her?

Thyroid cancer is not rare. It's the easiest to cure. I am surprised they did not take all the thyroid. All this means is the thyroid cancer went into the nodes. I had thyroid cancer the same kind with lymph nodes also cancer seeded with thyroid. I was given after surgery, radio-active iodine in large doses to get rid of all thyroid cancer several times. And yes you are radio-active to others. You stay away from children, women who are prego. It's not as bad as you think I am still here and trust my doctor to do his best for me. I sure will be praying for your friend. Now smile people do care.  (+ info)

How to console somebody that may have a tumor?

What to reply to somebody that just emailed you saying that the doctors found a new possible tumor. She already had gone thru Kimo therapy like ~1 moth ago.
And I forget to mention she lives in Arizona and I live in California so we don't see each other much at all. It's just basically by myspace and maybe text. But she's been a good host to us when we do go down there.

If they are writing you, write them back and let them know how sorry you are that they are going through so much. If you are in a position to visit them, call and see if you can. Let her vent and hold her hand, give her a hug. Just be friends.  (+ info)

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