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Dr. Brooks Brain Cancer Statistics | XL Health Blog

Dr. Brooks Brain Cancer Statistics

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by in Wellness

In the United States in 2014, Dr. Brooks has estimated 23,380 new cases of primary brain tumors.  Also in 2014, approximately 14,320 people will die from this malignancy.  Symptoms include headache, seizure, weakness, difficulty walking, nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, or a change in a person’s alertness, mental capacity, memory, speech, or personality.

There are different types of primary brain tumors, with vastly different prognoses.  Low grade astrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas usually get treated with surgery.  If complete resection is not achieved, postoperative radiation is recommended.  Meningiomas are slow growing tumors, that sometimes in small cases may be observed.  If meningiomas grow larger, then surgery is recommended.

Anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas are more common, with glioblastomas being the most deadly of brain tumors.  Other aggressive cancers include medulloblastomas and supratentorial PNET (Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor).   In general, surgery is carried out first, followed by radiation therapy.  Chemotherapy may also be recommended, in some cases placed as wafers during surgery.  Brain lymphomas are treated differently in that surgical resection is usually not recommended.  Steroids and chemotherapy are administered instead, with radiation as well.

Cancer from other organs that has metastasized to the brain are ten times more common than primary brain tumors.  Because of the importance of the brain to bodily function, this metastatic site needs to be aggressively treated, unless the patient has a very short life expectancy.  Therefore, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy can be offered.  This same treatment recommendation extends to cancer metastatic to the spinal cord.

Author Bio:
Dr. Mai Brooks is a Board Certified Surgical Oncologist with offices in Thousand Oaks, CA. To request an appointment with Dr. Brooks, you may call her at (805) 379-4677 or visit her website.

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