Primary Brain Tumors

Friday, April 22, 2016

Primary brain tumors are tumors that start in the brain. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about primary brain tumors and treatment.

Dr. Hill:

A tumor that begins anywhere in the brain is called a primary brain tumor.

If you have had high-dose radiation, which is sometimes used to treat cancer and other conditions, you are more likely to get a primary brain tumor.

Many things that people worry about have been looked into and have been proven not to cause primary brain tumors. This list includes alcohol use, cellular telephone use, chemicals such as hair dyes, low-grade electromagnetic fields from power lines, and chemicals and other substances.

Primary brain tumors can cause headaches, but most people with headaches do not have a tumor. Other symptoms include seizures, weakness on one side of the body, problems with vision, and problems with walking.

You should see your doctor if you have new or changing headaches that do not go away after a month, are worse when you move, and cause you to vomit or have seizures.

Primary brain tumors are treated with a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.