Tumors in certain parts of the brain that give severe implications on patients.
Types of Brain Cancer
Supratentorial (upper part of the brain)
Infratentorial (lower part of the brain)
Cancer on upper part of the brain are:
Astrocytoma (brain tumors that do not originate from nerve cells);
Craniopharyngioma (also known as Rathke pouch tumor); and
pineal gland cancer.
Cancer at the bottom part of the brain are:
Medulloblastoma (back of the brain);
Cerebellar Astrocytoma (cerebral tumors);
Brainstem Glioma (brain stem);
Ependymoma (cerebral tumors derived from cells ependimal slia. It will block cerebrospinal fluid causing hydrocephalus) is the most common type.
Cause of Brain Cancer
Genetic or hereditary;
Radiation to the brain; and
AIDS, leukemia, and patients suffering from kidney failure.
Signs / Symptoms
In infancy they will experience:
The process of abnormal growth - can not crawl even they are six months old;
Hydrocephalus (big head) because of the increased pressure in the head; and
crown swells, the baby will be troubled, frail and poor feeding.
In the early stages of children:
looked tired and listless;
learning performance declined; and
suffer because of the higher pressure in the brain.
Symptoms are more pronounced:
Headache worse especially on the front and sides of the head;
squirt vomiting and headache in the early morning;
cramps in hand;
children who suffer at the infratentorial area can not stand or walk steadily;
If the cancer spreads to the brainstem (base of the brain) children will experience:
Disturbances in speech;
The respiratory system is impaired;
weak limbs; and
interference with the functions of the brain.