- Patient Comments: Brain Cancer - Symptoms
- Patient Comments: Brain Cancer - Experience
- Patient Comments: Brain Cancer - Prognosis
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- Brain cancer facts
- What is brain cancer?
- What are grades of brain cancers?
- What are the types of brain cancers?
- What is brain cancer staging?
- What is metastatic brain cancer?
- What causes brain cancer?
- Do cell phones cause brain cancer?
- What are brain cancer symptoms and signs?
- What type of doctors treat brain cancer?
- What tests do doctors use to diagnose brain cancer?
- What is the treatment for brain cancer?
- Are there any home remedies for brain cancer?
- What are the side effects of brain cancer treatment?
- What is the prognosis of treated brain cancer?
- What can I do to help my family (and me) cope with my diagnosis of brain cancer?
- Is it possible to prevent brain cancer?
- Where can I get more information about my type of brain cancer?
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What can I do to help my family (and me) cope with my diagnosis of brain cancer?
Discuss your concerns openly with your doctors and family members. It is common for brain cancer patients to be concerned about how they can continue to lead their lives as normally as possible; it is also common for them to become anxious, depressed, and angry. Most people cope better when they discuss their concerns and feelings. Although some patients can do this with friends and relatives, others find solace in support groups (people who have brain cancer and are willing to discuss their experiences with other patients) composed of people who have experienced similar situations and feelings. The patient's treatment team of doctors should be able to connect patients with support groups. In addition, information about local support groups is available from the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp.
Is it possible to prevent brain cancer?
Although there is no way to prevent brain cancers, early diagnosis and treatment of tumors that tend to metastasize to the brain may reduce the risk of metastatic brain tumors. The following factors have been suggested as possible risk factors for primary brain tumors: radiation to the head, HIV infection, and environmental toxins. However, no one knows the exact causes that initiate brain cancer, especially primary brain cancer, so specific preventive measures are not known. Although web sites and popular press articles suggest that macrobiotic diets, not using cell phones, and other methods will help prevent brain cancer, there is no reliable data to support these claims.
Where can I get more information about my type of brain cancer?
There are many types of brain cancer. For more specific information about a cancer type, questions and discussions with the patient's treatment team are the best way to obtain specific information. Also, there are many online resources available about brain cancer types. Often, these resources provide additional detailed information about pathology, statistics, treatments, and support groups for brain cancer patients. A few of the web sites are listed below.
"Brain Tumors," National Cancer Institute
Clinical Trials, National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society. "Brain/CNS Tumors in Adults." <http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BrainCNSTumorsinAdults/index>.
Switzerland. World Health Organization. "IARC Classifies Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields as Possible Carcinogenic to Humans." May 31, 2011 <http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf>.
United States. National Cancer Institute. "Adult Brain Tumor Treatments." Mar. 31, 2011. <http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adultbrain/Patient>.
United States. National Cancer Institute. "Cell Phone and Cancer Risk." Mar. 28, 2016. <http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/cell-phones-fact-sheet>.
United States. National Cancer Institute. "SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Brain and Other Nervous System Cancer." <http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/brain.html>.