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Symptoms and Support for Brain Tumors

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According to the American Brain Tumor Association 52,236, Americans were diagnosed with brain tumors in 2008 and 22,000 of the tumors were malignant. This disease affects family and friends as well as the patient. It is important to seek diagnosis and treatment early.

Symptoms vary according to the type and size of the tumor but some of the most common ones are:

Headaches, usually worse in the morning

Nausea and vomiting

Changes in ability to talk hear or see

Problems with balance or walking

Problems with thinking or memory

Muscle jerking or twitching

Numbness or tingling in arms or legs

Vision problems

Gradual loss of sensation or movement in arm or leg

Difficulty with balance

Confusion in everyday matters

Personality or behavior changes

Seizures, especially in someone who does not have a history of seizures

The good news is the survival rate for brain cancer patients is on the increase due to new treatments and clinical trials for brain tumor patients. There are many organizations devoted to helping you or a family member go through this trying time.

The National Brain Tumor Society offers free caregiver workshops throughout the U.S. as well as support groups, clinical trials online message boards, education, and financial help with related but non-medical expenses. Visit them at http://www.tbts.org or call

The American Brain Tumor Association located in Des Plaines IL., offers; caregiver pen pals, clinical trial information, and education. You can reach them by calling 1- 800-886-2282 or http://www.abta.org

Musella Foundation a 501(c) non-profit is located in Hewlett, NY and offers clinical trials and noteworthy treatments, free online book for recently diagnosed individuals, on- line support groups, a list of brain tumor centers with many of them giving free scan reviews. Contact by calling 888-295-4740 or visit http://www.virtualtrials.com

National Cancer Institute: U.S. National Institute of Health offers education, research, clinical trials, genetic testing, statistics, library, on-line booklet, live on line chat help, and news on latest treatments. Phone 1-800-4-CANCER or visit http://www.cancer.gov

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EmpowHER Guest

Symptoms of brain tumors may include headaches, seizures, numbness or loss of motion in a leg or arm, hearing loss, dizziness, difficulty with speech, trouble with balance, memory loss, confusion, loss of vision or double vision. Some people experience nausea or vomiting that is more severe in the morning. Headaches also tend to be more severe in the morning. The type of symptoms depends upon the tumor location.
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March 14, 2011 - 11:09pm
EmpowHER Guest

Good article Gayle...

April 4, 2009 - 2:42pm
EmpowHER Guest

Really great info, Gayle. Succinct, informative and easy to understand.

April 4, 2009 - 6:31am
EmpowHER Guest

Gayle, you are amazing! Thanks for the education

April 2, 2009 - 2:41pm
EmpowHER Guest

Sadly we had a friend die 2 years ago of a brain tumor and then her former partner got one. I know they're not contagious but it was a weird coincidence. She was a member of some group called 'the brain trust' in the hudson valley who advocated on the part of brain cancer survivors/patients.


April 2, 2009 - 2:33pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I know they aren't contagious also, however my nephew passed away from a brain tumor/cancer in September. A friend of mine lost her husband to a brain tumor and a newly made acquaintance also lost her husband to brain cancer.

I'm not sure if it is on the rise or just being detected more with new technology. I try to get some information on Brain Trust and post it here. Thank you.


April 2, 2009 - 7:41pm
EmpowHER Guest

Thanks, Gayle.
Nice and concise.


April 2, 2009 - 12:27pm
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