Tumor in Brain? Dr RN Bhattacharya from AMRI Hospital Dhakuria Explains

The brain controls the operations of the whole body. And, whenever a tumor or cancer is detected in the brain, the entire human body gets affected. Although many in India might not be aware much of what a brain tumor is, knowing about it could always be helpful for us as well as for our dear ones.

To understand brain tumor better, Dr RN Bhattacharya, Director, Neurosciences, AMRI Hospital Dhakuria, best neurology hospital in Kolkata, explains it in simple terms for our readers.

  1. What is brain tumor, and how does it affect one’s life?

Our body is built with millions of cells, and each individual cell in our body has a specific function to perform. The cells continuously divide and develop. However, sometimes they develop in an abnormal manner, and produce abnormal cells. These cells then affect the normal cells and harm their regular functioning. The collection of these cells result in tumor, which in the case of the brain is a brain tumor.

  1. How many types of tumor exists?

Tumors are of two types:

  • Benign: Benign tumor develops slowly and there is no possibility of growth post-treatment. It is not fatal.
  • Malignant: A malignant tumor is cancerous in nature. It is fatal and spreads very quickly. There is a possibility of its development after treatment.

Further, on the basis of its location, tumors can be classified into:

  • Primary Tumor: This kind of tumor develops in the brain.
  • Secondary Tumor: When cancerous cells develop in other parts of the body, like lungs, breasts, kidney or skin, and its metastasis spreads to the brain, it is called a secondary tumor.
  1. What are few of the symptoms of brain cancer?

The primary symptom of brain cancer is headache. It might start to feel like the whole brain is about to burst. However, if the headache is in one part of the brain, the chances of a tumor are less.

The second most common symptom is vomiting frequently in the morning. Apart from this, blurry vision is also another noteworthy symptom. Slowly, the far sight can also fade away.

These symptoms can be observed in the initial phases of brain tumor.

  1. The reason for headache and vomiting:

Whenever a tumor grows in the brain, an extra volume adds up to it. As our skull covers and protects the brain from all sides, there’s no space for any further growth. This puts immense pressure on the brain, resulting in headache and nausea.

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