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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor?

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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor?

Postby lockwood98 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:26 pm

What can you tell me about it and what effects are there. Would you have to get radio or chemo thereapy. How dangerous is it??
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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor?

Postby kestejoo » Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:29 pm

The word "benign" means not harmful. Generally the risk of trying to remove a benign tumour is greater than the risk of leaving it. However, periodic checks of the tumour should be carried out, just in case it gets worse.
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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor?

Postby watts35 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:34 pm

The word "benign" means not harmful. Generally the risk of trying to remove a benign tumour is greater than the risk of leaving it. However, periodic checks of the tumour should be carried out, just in case it gets worse.
It would be dangerous enough. The tumour could be compressing on a fairly important part of the brain (ie. The brain stem - Controlling involuntary bodily functions, like heartbeat/breathing) or the optic nerve, leading to vision problems.
The only difference between a benign brain tumour and a malignant one is that the malignant one could spread to another part of the body, the benign one can still damage the brain.


Chemotherapy or radiation, or even surgery are the main treatments for benign brain tumours.

Hope I helped :)
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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor?

Postby shen21 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:44 pm

benign means that it is not cancerous. that doesn't mean that it doesn't come with problems. If the tumor grows locally, it can increase the pressure inside the brain which could cause seizures and other things to happen. radiation could help shrink the size of the tumor so that it would be easier to remove through surgery, but typically chemotherapy does not work on brain tumors. there is something called the blood-brain barrier that does not allow for the drugs to pass through into the brain.
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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor?

Postby lockwood » Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:50 pm

There's a clue in your question, benign!
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