What Is Brain Cancer?
Brain cancer is an overgrowth of cells that forms masses called tumors. It occurs in our brain. Brain cancer or cancerous, malignant, brain tumors can grow very fast.
But it also depends on what type of tumor. It will not let your body work the way it should. This is a very life-threatening disease.
But the good news is brain cancer is not a common disease. If we look into the estimates from the Americans Cancer Society, people have less than a 1% chance of developing brain tumors in their lifetime.
What Are The Symptoms Of Brain Cancer?
The size and location of the tumor are the main 2 thing on which the symptoms of brain cancer depends. Here are some common cancer symptoms;
- Headaches usually get worse in the morning.
- Lack of balance
- Lack of coordination
- Memory lapses
- Walking difficulty
- Thinking difficulty
- Vision problems
- Speech problems
- Muscle jerking
- Changing personality
- Abnormal eye movements
- Syncope or Unexplained passing out
- Tingling in the legs or arms
These are the symptoms that can happen in your daily life normally, less-serious conditions. You do not have to worry or panic if you have these symptoms. But it will be good if you talk with your doctor and investigate the reason behind it.
The Risk Factors and Causes for Brain Cancer
The exact reason behind brain cancer is still unknown. But some factors can indicate the reason behind developing brain cancer including exposure to high doses of ionizing radiation and a family history of brain cancer.
Also if the cancer is another part of the body, it is a risk factor for developing a tumor in the brain but these tumors are not called brain cancer. They are cancers that have spread to the brain.
The cancers develop from another part of the body to the brain;
- Lung cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Breast cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Melanoma (it is a skin type of cancer)
Some other risk factors which might be related to developing brain cancer;
- Long term smoking
- Increased age
- Exposure to herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizer
- Having a mononucleosis or Epstein- Barr virus infection
- Working with elements that can help to develop cancer, such as plastic, lead, rubber, petroleum, and some textiles.
Types of Brain Cancer
From where in your body, it begins or the location of cancer will tell us what type of cancer is this. If you talk about brain cancer, it begins in your brain. It is also known as primary brain cancer.
Not all brain cancers start from your brain. Some begin from another part of your body and then spreads to your brain. It is known as metastatic brain cancer. This metastatic brain cancer is a cancerous tumor in the brain but not due to primary brain cancer.
There are also some types and grades of brain tumors. The type of tumor is also based on where it is located in the brain, and the grade lets you know how fast a tumor grows. The range of the grades is from 1 to 4, 4 grade indicates having the fastest growth.
You can find more than 120 types of brain tumors. You cannot name every one of them according to its type because there are many subtypes. Different doctors can use different names for the same tumor.
How Does Brain Cancer Affect Cells?
When one type of cell changes from its normal characteristics, some brain cancers occur. Once it is transformed, the cells start to multiply and grow in abnormal ways. These abnormal cells grow over time, then they turn into a mass or tumor. These brain tumors are known as primary brain tumors because they start in your brain.
Gliomas are brain tumors that are seen in adults mostly. It is the reason behind 78% of malignant brain tumors. They arise as the supporting cells of the brain and it is known as the Gila. The subdivision of the cells are astrocytes, ependymal cells, and oligodendroglial cells (or oligos).
Glioma and glial cells are the place where these tumors develop. 2/3 portion of the primary brain cancer is gliomas. There are different types of gliomas such as Astrocytoma glial; which develops in astrocytomas cells which are known as Astrocytes.
How Is Brain Cancer Diagnosed?
When your doctor will see, that you have the symptoms of brain cancer doctor may tell you to do some tests. Such as;
- Imaging tests, such as CT, MRI, and positron emission tomography (PET) scans, to trace the tumor.
- A lumbar puncture will check for cancer cells by collecting a small sample of the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord.
- A neurological examination will help you to know if a tumor is affecting your brain.
- If you have a small amount of the tumor, a brain biopsy can be done to remove it. It is a surgical procedure. Also, it is to determine if your tumor is malignant.
The Four Grades of Brain Cancer
The grades of a tumor depend on how it looks microscopically. These grades will also tell you the rate of the cell’s growth. The most dangerous grade is grade 4. Now let’s talk about 4 grade of brain cancer;
- Grade 1: It is the grade where cells look nearly like normal brain cells. Also, the growth of the cells will be very slow. The condition of the tissue is benign.
- Grade 2: In this grade, the cells will appear less normal than the cells we have seen in grade 1. The condition of the tissue is malignant.
- Grade 3: In this grade, cells will start to look abnormal (malignant tissue has cells that look very different than normal cells) and those abnormal cells will be growing very actively. It will have a distinctly abnormal appearance (anaplastic).
- Grade 4: It is the grade where the malignant tissue looks abnormal the most. In this grade, it tends to grow the most.
Brain Metastasis: This is a secondary brain tumor. It usually spreads from another part of the body to your brain. These are much more common than primary brain tumors. These cancers are getting more and more common to us which is allowing the tumor to spread or reach the brain.
If we look into it, we will find several tumors which appear in another part of the body and then spread to the brain. Such as lung, breast, kidney, lung, colon, thyroid, melanoma, and uterine. The most common form of brain metastasis is lung cancer. Also when people do tests for brain cancer lung cancer staging is involved in it.
End-Stage Brain Cancer Behavior
We all know that everybody wonders about the last stage of brain cancer. This is the most difficult time, especially for the family. During this time, we should try to make the patient as comfortable as possible. You will be able to see that the patient will be very sleepy. Because the most common symptom of end-stage brain cancer is drowsiness. Also, the patient will face problems eating or drinking.
For the patients who are experiencing end-stage brain – cancer, you will see some other common symptoms are;
- Agitation and delirium
- Frequent headaches
- Prolonged confusion
- Loss of appetite
- Involuntary movements
- Increased pain
- Skin cooling
- Lessened bladder function
- Vision loss
- Agonal breathing (it occurs when a person can breathe properly)
Brain cancer treatment (Homeopathy)
You will find 4-step cancer therapy developed by Dr. Welling – immune-knife for welling homeopathy treatment for brain cancer. For people who want to do non-surgical treatment or painless treatment, homeopathy is the best way to cure it. In the last 18 years the treatment has proven to work and also we have talked to and advised patients in over 108 countries.
Homeopathy Medicines for Brain Cancer
According to immune-knife therapy, the custom-made homeopathy medicines work on the body to produce power to stop the cancer cell from spreading or growing. It also does not have any side effects. Also does not kill healthy brain cells. It targets the cancerous cells only. So it is very safe for your body and brain.