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What can happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?


An intramedullary spinal cord tumor is a tumor inside the cord. So what could happen if a tumor was found inside a person's spinal cord in the cervical region, which is in the neck? What could this possibly do to the brain, specifically? Keep in mind this tumor is long and large enough it expands the cord and been left untreated years.
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I hope you are not the patient. The cord tumor can cause increased intracranial pressure- papilledema, sometimes acute enough to cause other symptoms, like vomiting, headache. Not very common, but I have seen a couple.

Understand that we never see anything common at Walter Reed- the other hospitals can handle the common stuff. So sometimes it is hard to get a good idea of just how common a given problem is.

Usually the symptoms of a cord tumor are related to the damage to the spinal cord.- pain is common, weakness, spasticity, sensory loss muscle wasting in the muscles supplied by the affected part of the cord. A tract of the Trigeminal nerve goes down into the upper cord, then back up- can cause numbness of the face. This can be a confusion factor, as it can be mistaken for a second lesion, and lead to a diagnosis of MS.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/251133-overview  (+ info)

What does Tumor to grow so rapidly with high speed all the sudden?


1) Change in diet?

2) If the tumor came in high speed, is that means it will continue for the same rate to grow?

Thank you.
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Because the cancer has gotten more powerful, so there's more dead cells.

1. What, the change in diet of someone with cancer, or were you referring to the growth of a tumour? Someone with cancer may be too tired to eat, and their mouth may be very sore. So they may only eat soft foods, or soup or something.
Growth of a tumour: I don't think a change in diet causes tumour growth, then again, it might. Cancer patients can usually eat, even if the cancer was terminal, my grandad could eat chocolate 5 days before he died.

2. It could, but it might slow down, you can't tell. With a change of meds that will probably happen, especially if they are more effective.

You're welcome. And sorry if you couldn't understand my answer, or if it wasn't clear enough, I'm not good with words.  (+ info)

Is brain tumor genetically inherited? Or does it start at sometime later in your life due to whatever reason?


Hi there someone I know had her grandmother pass away because of brain tumor and always complains about sharp headaches and sharp pains in the head and has expressed concern about whether she could have it too because of her grandmother. Could she?
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Normally, brain tumor is not an inherited condition. It is more of a random event.  (+ info)

What is the main cause of a pituitary tumor?


What is the main cause of a pituitary tumor?
I was just diagnosed with one yesterday, after taking an mri about a week ago.
I went in to take an mri because my hormone levels were way to high and they found the tumor, the doctors said that the tumor is the reason I gained 30 pounds in 2 and a half months and my periods stopped for about 8 months.

I wanna know what the cause of it is?
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The causes of pituitary tumors are unknown, although some are a part of a hereditary disorder called multiple endocrine neoplasia I (MEN I).
About 15% of tumors in the skull are pituitary tumors. Most pituitary tumors are located in the anterior pituitary lobe and are usually noncancerous (benign).
Pituitary tumors develop in about 20% of people, although many of the tumors do not cause symptoms and the condition is never diagnosed during the person's lifetime.  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of a tumor in the liver if you have or may have gynocomastia?


I have gynomastia, and I go to my doctor frequently to check up on it, but I wonder if I have a tumor in my liver, that he might have not of notice, so what are the symptoms of a tumor in a liver?
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pain jaundice bleeding disorders.  (+ info)

What is my cancer risk after having a benign tumor removed along with the ovary it was on?


I had abdominal surgery to remove a benign tumor from one of my ovaries. My doctor said the ovary had to be removed and one of my tubes had to be removed because they were abnormal. I was wondering, with a strong family history of female cancers and having this happen to me what my risk is for getting a female cancer?
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With any surgery no matter how small or intense, there is always a risk. Don't let anyone fool you/ As ar as re,moving a benign tumor. which simply put ,means you don't have cancer. So my question to the doctor is, why is he going to such extremes for something that's not cancer. You need to see another Dr ASAP. It sounds like you're someones experience, I think he did something wrong. Please, go see another docotor about this, someone he doesn't know. this is just too fishy. Let us know how this comes out. and please,don't go back to that doctor, and I use the term loosely God bless  (+ info)

Is it possible to have a tumor in your breast without it being breast cancer?


My mother recently found a small tumor-like growth under the skin towards the center of her chest on her breast. I'm really worried that its cancer but she won't go to the doctor! Is it possible for it to just being a "harmless tumor" like she says it is? Please help, I've never had to deal with anything that has to do with cancer and I'm really worried!
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It could just be a cyst, and I have had one of those. I had it checked out just to make sure. But if it is cancer and your mom does not get it checked out to be sure, then she might as well start making her will out.

My mom kept putting off going to the doctor and when she finally agreed to go see the doctor on Monday, she died that Sunday night.

If she won't do it for herself, ask her to do it for you.  (+ info)

What are some ways to help with an oral tumor in a cat without having surgery?


I believe my cat has an oral tumor. In the past 2 weeks the bump under her chin has grown 3x the size. And I just noticed that she lost a tooth and her other teeth are turning sideways. She has also been drooling a lot of blood. As well, losing a lot of weight. So is here anything over the counter type of medication I can give to her to help her ease the pain?
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That sounds like an abscess, not a tumor. You should check it out at the vet. They can give you antibios and drain it for you. This will save you and your cat a lot of pain, sweat and tears! :)  (+ info)

Can a surgeon successfully remove a live cancerous tumor without it spreading?


My cousin has signet cell breast cancer. It's a rare and aggressive form and she's been on chemo since December. The tumor has shrunk but, after checking it, the surgeon said it's still live. She's having a mastectomy tomorrow morning and the surgeon thinks he can get all the cancer out without spreading it. All I've heard is "Don't remove a live tumor because it'll spread." Is it possible to remove a live tumor in the breast and lymph nodes without spreading it? I appreciate your help! Thank you!
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This is a widespread misconception that is particularly prevalent among some ethnic groups.

The concept probably came from the days before advanced imaging when often the only way to tell how advanced a cancer was to cut the patient open with a knife and see. Unfortunately, in many cases the cancer had already advanced far enough that surgical resection (removal) was impossible. So the surgeon would come out and say "I'm sorry, but the cancer has spread and there is nothing we can do". You can see how families could intrepret that as meaning that the surgery caused the cancer to spread, when in reality the tendency to spread locally or to other parts of the body (metastasis) is a characteristic of cancer and not caused by the surgery at all.

All cancers that are surgically removed are live; if they were dead there would be no reason to remove them. For many cancers, surgical removal is the only treatment that has any hope of producing a cure.

I should point out that there are rare situations in which cancer can actually be spread by inappropriate surgical technique, but this does not occur when the surgery is planned and executed properly.  (+ info)

How long does it take to recover after having a tumor removed?


my mom has the surgery july 9th, and were going on vacation july 26th, is that enought time for her to rest. the tumor is in her throat, the doctor said she will be inthe hostpital for 1 or 2 days only after the surgery
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ask the doctor, everyone heals at a different time depending on the person. mom will be the best person to decide in the end, only she will know how she is feeling and if she is up to it.  (+ info)

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