Symptoms of Brain Cancer: Distinguish Primary or Metastatic Cancer

Brain cancer is called meningioma or glioma. The cancer may be primary or metastatic. Below are mentioned symptoms of brain tumor, diagnosis and prognosis.

Symptoms of Brain Cancer

If the cancer originates in the brain it is called primary brain cancer. However, if it begins elsewhere in the body, and then spreads to the brain it is called metastatic brain cancer.

Primary brain tumor, may be malignant or benign, and is by and large limited to the Central Nervous System. Metastatic brain cancer shows poor prognosis.

Symptoms of Brain Cancer in Women

These are the symptoms that are commonly seen in tumors of the brain

Primary Brain Cancer

  • Visual disturbances
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Seizures, convulsions
  • Swelling of the brain
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Giddiness, vertigo
  • Hearing impairment
  • Motor problems
  • Loss of memory and reduced recall capacity
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Cognitive problems
  • Poor coordination
  • Stumbling
  • Altered gait
  • Numbness and weakness of arms and legs
  • Speech problems
  • Issues with balance

Metastatic Brain Cancer

  • Vomiting
  • Convulsions and seizures
  • Motor dysfunction
  • Headaches
  • Bleeding
  • Hydrocephalus and raised intra-cranial pressure

What’s more, the precise symptoms may vary, depending up on the exact location of the tumor, and what part it is pressing on to. The tumor may be present in the brain stem, parietal lobe, frontal lobe, or the hemispheres.

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Brain Cancer Survival Rate

The prognosis and survival rate of brain tumor depends on the type of tumor, its location, the extent of spread and most importantly, when it is diagnosed.

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