ADULT BRAIN TUMORS - Overview , Facts, Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis

ADULT BRAIN TUMORS

Adult brain tumors occur when the growth of cells in adults is massive. There are different kinds of brain tumors that the experts may detect—some may be cancerous, and some may be not. The tumor may start in some parts of the body and spread to other parts, including the brain.

Moreover, the growth of brain tumors may depend on and vary in every patient. Usually, brain tumors start when the cells undergo errors in their mutation— wherein the cell grows abnormally.

However, the brain tumors that occur in adults are considered less common than secondary brain tumors. Based on the size, type of tumor, and its location, the medication and treatment can vary.

TYPES

The types of brain tumors include the following:

  • Choroid plexus carcinoma
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Brain metastases
  • Astrocytoma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Glioma
  • Ependymoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Embryonal tumors
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Meningioma
  • Pineoblastoma
  • Pediatric brain tumors

SYMPTOMS

The signs of adult brain tumors are different, depending on the tumor’s rate of development, size, and location. The patients usually feel the following symptoms:

  • Changes in headache patterns
  • Headaches occurring frequently and more severely
  • Sudden nausea or vomiting without a specific reason
  • Eye problems, including loss of peripheral vision, blurred, and double vision
  • Losing movement in the leg or arm
  • Problem in balance
  • Difficulty in speech
  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Confusion
  • Hearing problems
  • Seizure

DIAGNOSIS

If you suspect that the symptoms you have are signs of an adult brain tumor, the experts may request a series of tests to determine the kind of tumor you may have. 

Neurological exam. It allows the doctors to check the patient’s strength, hearing, reflexes, coordination, and balance. If there are any difficulties, it gives the doctor a clue that your brain possibly has a brain tumor.  

Imaging tests. Imaging tests like MRI produce images of the tumor found in the brain that help the doctor plan the medication and treatment. 

Biopsy. The doctors will get a sample tissue, and they will examine it using the microscope to find out if it is benign or cancerous. 

TREATMENT

Adult brain tumors may come with different treatments, according to its types. Treatment may include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy

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