World Brain Tumor Day is observing today on 8th June across the world including Pakistan.
At first, a non-profit organization named Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.”German Brain Tumor Association” pays tribute to all brain tumor patients and their families the Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe announced the World Brain Tumor Day in 2000 as an international commemoration day. It is celebrated annually on 8 June.
What is Brain Cancer:
Cancers of the brain are the consequence of abnormal growths of cells in the brain. Brain cancers can arise from primary brain cells, the cells that form other brain components (for example, membranes, blood vessels), or from the growth of cancer cells that develop in other organs and that have spread to the brain by the bloodstream (metastatic brain cancer), Although many growths in the brain are popularly called brain tumors.
Brain Tumor causes are:
First headache from person, Increased headaches after trauma, Severe headaches and very high blood pressure, fever, Stiffness of the neck, Early morning vomiting and body swelling.
When a brain tumor is diagnosed, a medical team will be formed to assess the treatment options presented by the leading surgeon to the patient and his/her family. Given the location of primary solid neoplasms of the brain in most cases a “do-nothing” option is usually not presented. Neurosurgeons take the time to observe the evolution of the neoplasm before proposing a management plan to the patient and his/her relatives. These various types of treatment are available depending on neoplasm type and location and may be combined to give the best chances of survival:
Surgery: Complete or partial resection of the tumor with the objective of removing as many tumor cells as possible.
Radiotherapy: The most commonly used treatment for brain tumors, the tumor is target at with alpha and beta rays to shrink the tumor. The tumor is aimed at with the rays in a circular motion to minimize damage to the surrounding cells.
Chemotherapy: Is a treatment option for cancer, however it is seldom used to treat brain tumors as the blood and brain barrier prevents the drugs from reaching the cancerous cells. Chemotherapy can be thought of as a poison that prevents the growth and division of all cells in the body including cancerous cells. Thus the significant side effects associated and experienced by patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Survival rates in primary brain tumors depend on the type of tumor, age, functional status of the patient, the extent of surgical tumor removal and other factors specific to each case. —Sources: Internet