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Brain cancer

Also known as Cancer Of The Brain and Malignant Neoplasm Of Brain

A brain tumor, or tumour, is an intracranial solid neoplasm, a tumor (defined as an abnormal growth of cells) within the brain or the central spinal canal.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with brain cancer, 52% report having headache, 45% report having seizures, and 21% report having weakness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of brain cancer are focal weakness, slurring words, and arm weakness, although you may still have brain cancer without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with brain cancer often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, radiographic imaging procedure, magnetic resonance imaging, glucose measurement, electrolytes panel, x-ray computed tomography and cat scan of head .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with brain cancer include levetiracetam (keppra), phenytoin (dilantin), dexamethasone topical product, temozolomide, dexamethasone, bevacizumab (avastin), oxcarbazepine (trileptal), carboplatin, vincristine, thalidomide, docusate / sennosides, usp, granisetron and vinblastine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for brain cancer include age 5-14 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
1.1x
5-14 years
2.0x
15-29 years
0.9x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
1.3x
60-74 years
1.2x
75+ years
0.5x

Sex

Male
1.3x
Female
0.8x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.1x
Other
0.9x
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