100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors, Second Edition by Virginia Stark-Vance

By Virginia Stark-Vance

No matter if you??re a newly clinically determined mind tumor sufferer, a survivor, or a chum or relative of both, this booklet deals aid. the second one version of a hundred Questions & solutions approximately mind Tumors keeps an analogous doctor-patient collaboration, delivering authoritative, sensible solutions on your questions relating to diagnostic trying out, healing procedures, scientific trials, and masses extra. Dr. Stark-Vance and M.L. Dubay speak about the most recent mind tumor remedies, together with the recent anti-angiogenesis medicines and mind tumor vaccines. New illustrations during the e-book, from pathology to puppy scans, support the reader achieve a transparent figuring out of the way mind tumors fluctuate and why those alterations are vital in making remedy judgements. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately mind Tumors, moment variation is a useful source for an individual dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this scary affliction.

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Occasionally, the genetic material develops a mutation or error that disrupts the function of the normal cell. If this abnormal cell continues to grow, divide, and produce more abnormal cells, the mass of abnormal cells may eventually become a visible tumor. In the brain, an enlarging mass of these abnormal cells that have “forgotten” their original function may disturb the surrounding normal cells in several ways (see Figure 1): • The tumor may create pressure on a section of nearby normal brain, pushing the brain against the skull.

Foramen magnum A large hole at the base of the skull; it serves as the boundary between the brainstem and the spinal cord. Computed tomography (CT) Computerized series of X-rays that create a detailed crosssectional image of the body. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) A radiographic study based on the acquisition of anatomical information using resonance from atoms in a strong magnetic field. 2 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with cancer every year, and of those, 52,200 will have a primary brain tumor.

Glioma A tumor originating in the neuroglia of the brain or spinal cord. Cerebrum The largest area of the brain; divided into the right and left cerebral hemispheres. The cerebrum, the largest part of the brain, is divided into right and left hemispheres, which connect across the middle at the corpus callosum. QXP 1/11/10 4:41 PM Page 6 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT BRAIN TUMORS DIENCEPHALON Hypothalamus Thalamus CEREBRUM Meninges Corpus callosum Skull BRAINSTEM Midbrain CEREBELLUM Pons Medulla Spinal cord Figure 2 The central nervous system, including the three major sections of the brain—the cerebrum, the cerebellum, the brainstem—and the spinal cord.

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