Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Malignant Tumor of the Brain Overview

Another name for Malignant Tumor of the Brain is Brain Cancer.

What is brain cancer?
A person with brain cancer has a collection of abnormal cells in the brain that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. Cancer that begins in the brain is called primary brain cancer. Cancer that originates in other tissues and then spreads to the brain is called secondary brain cancer. Secondary brain cancer is much more common than primary brain cancer.

What are the symptoms of brain cancer?
Symptoms of brain cancer may include chronic headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, loss of memory, and difficulty walking. Other symptoms include localized numbness or weakness, change in vision, and seizures.

How does the doctor treat brain cancer?
Treatment for brain cancer includes some combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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