Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Symptoms of brain cancer

You often have headaches which are repeated in the same head? If so, you need to suspect the pain. Therefore, it is not impossible, the pain was a symptom of brain cancer early.

Brain cancer is not as popular other cancers, such as cervical cancer or breast cancer. However, like most cancers in general, brain cancer is a disease is silent (silent killer) is dangerous.

Because of its nature, the brain cancer is often detected only after entering an advanced stage. If the pain in the head has peaked, there is a possibility, the cancer has spread to other parts of the body (metastasis). If it were so, cancer treatment becomes more complicated and risky. "Therefore, people need to do early detection of brain cancer," advises Fielda Djuita, radiology specialist Hospital Mochtar Riady Comprehensive Cancer Centre Siloam Hospitals Semanggi, Jakarta.

Symptoms of brain cancer

Brain cancer, usually, will be accompanied by symptoms that can be seen or felt directly by the patient. For example, body cramps, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision and headaches. By medical experts, this condition is called as a symptom of increased pressure within the brain or intracranial. "If you experience these symptoms, chances are, you are suffering from brain cancer," said Suhanto Kasmali, Head of Medical Services Mediros Hospital, Jakarta.

The patients who experience these symptoms, first must conduct a thorough examination of the head and brain. "It should be diagnosed as a whole because the brain is an important part of the body, but soft," said Suhanto.

As an organ of the body that regulates all body activity (multitasking), the brain consists of three parts, namely a large brain (cerebrum), cerebellum (cerebellum), and brain stem (brain stem). The brain plays an important role in one's life.

The brain is a dangerous place if the location or site of tumor development. "I'll tame, but still must be removed. However, because the brain is the organ that is soft, very risky in providing treatment, "said Fielda.

More dangerous, medical experts can not conclude the cause of development of malignant or cancerous tumors in the brain. To be sure, said Fielda, if brain cancer cases occur in children under the age of 17 years, most likely, the cause is genetic factors. Meanwhile, the causes of brain cancer in adults is still in the research expert.

Based on the opinions of medical experts, the growth of cancer patients in developing countries, like Indonesia, will be massive. About 100 people of every 100,000 risk of cancer, including brain cancer. Currently, the spread of brain cancer in Indonesia arguably still minimal.

According Fielda, every day, there are approximately 100 patients who lined up to get the handling of radiology to cure cancer. Indeed, cancers need time to switch become malignant. But, it would be optimal if the cancer is detected while still benign. "If the level is still in early stages, cancer can be cured and controlled," said a doctor who also served in the hospital this Dharmais cancer.

Headache is the most complained of pain in addition to low back pain patients when seeing a doctor, and head pain an early symptom that affects approximately 30 percent pederita brain tumor.

"Symptoms of a brain tumor depends on the location and speed of its growth. But in a subtle symptoms occur that usually begins with mild mental disorder that can only be felt by people who have close contact with patients, such as irritability, emotional instability, forgetfulness, slow and lacking initiative, and depression, "said neurologist in Lampung, dr Ruth Mariva SpS in Bandarlampung, recently.

In a day seminar on organized headache Emmanuel Hospital Way Halim, in Bandarlampung, Ruth said headache is usually difficult to describe and varied, ranging from mild and episodic to severe and throbbing or explode, which generally gets worse at night, when you wake up in the morning and when a change of position.

Initially, tumor headache caused local swelling around the tumor or due to damage to blood vessels around the tumor, and eventually caused by high pressure inside the head.

In addition to head pain, he said, the brain tumor was also found symptoms of nausea vomiting, especially if the location of the tumor in the back, convulsions, and impaired vision and weakness of other nerves.

"Patients typically come to doctors with symptoms of headache in the front (forehead) and head back, which usually has a long and progressive," he said.

Based on research IHS (International Headache Society) in 1988 and agreed by the Association of Physician Specialists Nerve Indonesia (PERDOSSI), there were 13 groups of headache, among which are migraine, tension type headache, headache due to head trauma, headache due to infection, and headache due to metabolic disorders.

When viewed from the time and duration of attacks, headache can be divided into acute and chronic headache. According to Dr. Ruth, head of acute and severe pain requiring immediate treatment because it is a symptom of dangerous diseases, such as diseases of the blood vessels of the brain (stroke, thrombosis, malignant hypertension), brain infection (meningitis, encephalitis, abscess) and carbon monoxide poisoning.

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