Overview of Brain Tumors

The origins of these tumors remain largely perplexing, but we do know that many stem from genetic mutations. Some are even triggered by rare inherited conditions. Additionally, prior exposure to brain radiation can also contribute to their emergence. Interestingly, certain brain tumors take shape when cancer cells journey from other body parts and settle in the brain – a process known as metastasis.

There are two distinct categories of brain tumors. The first group is deemed ""benign,"" indicating their gradual growth and non-cancerous nature. However, don't be misled by the term ""benign,"" as these growths can wield significant impact within the brain when they expand to a critical size. This expansion may lead to compression of vital neighboring brain structures. Managing these particular tumors hinges on their location and the extent of compression they cause. Treatment strategies often involve surgical intervention, occasionally coupled with radiation therapy. Collaboration with radiation oncologists is crucial in this decision-making process.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have the ""malignant"" brain tumors. These may stem from cancer cells that journey from other body sites, like the breasts or lungs. Alternatively, they could emerge from brain cells themselves, undergoing a malignant transformation. Addressing these complex tumors demands a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together neuro-oncologists and radiation oncologists. This collective expertise aids in determining the most effective treatment path, which might encompass a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. 

 

What Causes Brain Tumors?

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