FAQ about Brain Tumors

FAQ about Brain Tumors

We have compiled faq about brain tumors for you.

Here are the most frequently asked questions and answers about brain tumors

1. What is a brain tumor?

Brain tumors are abnormal cells that are formed by the uncontrolled proliferation of cells in the brain. It can occur in the brain or in the surrounding tissues.

2. What are brain lesions?

A lesion is damage to a tissue for any reason. A brain lesion is a condition such as damage or injury to the tissues in the brain. Brain lesions can be of different sizes or shapes. Not all brain lesions are tumors. Brain lesions often appear as spots on MRI.

3. How do you know if you have a brain tumor?

Symptoms such as long-lasting severe headache, nausea and vomiting, epileptic seizures, sudden vision or hearing loss suggest a brain tumor first.

4. Can vertigo be a sign of a brain tumor?

Vertigo is one of the symptoms of a brain tumor. However, a brain tumor does not only manifest itself with dizziness. If there is a brain tumor, vertigo is usually accompanied by different signs.

5. What are the symptoms of brain tumors?

– Headache (especially at night)
– Nausea and vomiting,
– Double vision or blurred vision
– Epileptic seizures, fainting
– Balance and gait disturbances
– Numbness, tingling or loss of strength in arms and legs
– Forgetfulness, personality disorders
– Speech disorders

6. How often do brain tumor headaches occur?

A brain tumor can cause severe headaches in some people. A brain tumor patient may experience headaches every day. However, in some cases, the headache may not occur at all.

7. How long does a brain tumor take to grow?

Benign brain tumors usually grow slowly. Malignant tumors, on the other hand, grow much faster.

8. Can brain tumors spread?

Generally, benign brain tumors do not spread. However, malignant brain tumors can metastasize.

9. What is a metastatic brain tumor?

Brain metastasis is the spread of cancerous cells from different regions to the brain.

10. Who is most at risk for a brain tumor?

– Exposure to radiation
– Immune system disorders
– Brain tumor in family history
– Exposure to harmful chemicals
– Male gender (The incidence is higher in males than females.)
– The white race
– Advanced age

11. Are brain tumors hereditary?

Some brain tumors are known to be inherited.

12. Can cell phones cause brain cancer?

Recent studies have shown that cell phone use does not increase the risk of brain cancer.

13. How are brain tumors diagnosed?

Brain tumor is diagnosed by the following methods:
– Neurological examination
– Brain Tomography (BT)
– Magnetic Resonance (MR)
– Biopsy

14. What are the chances of surviving brain cancer? Can brain cancer be cured?

Extremely successful results can be obtained with surgeries performed by specialist teams in brain tumors. Early diagnosis is extremely important to increase the success rate of treatment.

15. Is a brain tumor always cancerous?

Not all brain tumors are cancer. Benign brain tumors can also occur.

16. What type of doctors treat brain cancer?

A neurosurgeon should be consulted for the treatment of brain tumors.

17. What are the treatments for brain tumors?

Microsurgical methods are used in the treatment of brain tumors. In some cases, radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment may be necessary in addition to brain tumor surgery.

18. Why perform awake brain surgery?

With awake neurosurgery, it is aimed to prevent the patient from experiencing loss in functions such as speaking and moving.

19. Does awake brain surgery hurt?

No pain is felt in the brain. At the beginning of the operation, the patient is put to sleep. When the brain is reached, the patient is awakened. The patient does not feel any pain in the operations performed in the brain.

20. When is a brain tumor inoperable?

Surgery may not be possible if the tumor is in the brain stem or in a dangerous place to reach.

21. What is the life expectancy for someone with a brain tumor?

The patient’s life expectancy varies according to the location, type and stage of the tumor. Not all brain tumors are malignant. Patients with benign brain tumors may have a longer life expectancy. In addition, the region affected by the tumor in the brain is one of the factors affecting the life span.

22. How long patient will be in the hospital?

Depending on the general condition of the patient, an average of 3-5 days of hospitalization may be required.

23. How often do brain tumors come back?

Benign brain tumor usually does not recur. However, many types of malignant tumors can recur.

24. Any advances in tumor surgery which have made brain surgery safe?

New surgical technologies increase the success rate in brain tumor surgeries.
New technological developments:
– Operation Microscope with Fluorescent Filter
– Neuronavigation
– Intraoperative USG
– Neuromonitoring systems