Patient Comments: Brain Tumor - Types

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Comment from: omec_33, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I have a 7 x 5 mm epidermoid brain tumor along the right cerebellopontine angle between the right trigeminal nerve and right 7th nerve complexes. I don’t know what this means.

Comment from: Anne-maree, 55-64 (Patient) Published: October 26

I had over two years of going to doctor with vertigo, nausea, and general unwellness. Finally I had an MRI, was found to have a brain tumor, which was then removed from the brain’s fourth ventricle. It was stage 2 and very slow growing. Some possible residue left. I have major side effects from surgery - damaged vestibular system, inverted left eye ball, double vision and very unstable mobility. Life shock now because I am unable to work or drive. I am a 59 year old female, single and no dependents.

Comment from: HMAMD, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I have a benign tumor on the right side of my brain. I have nausea, fatigue, etc. I probably will not do surgery. I hope I go fast if any complication. My job is stressful and so anything to be relieved.

Comment from: Enough of This!, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

For nausea I use generic Zofran if I need to stay awake, or Phenergan if I have time to sleep. I also use OTC stool softener Metamucil. I sit over the edge of my bath tub and use a handheld shower head to clean protruding rectum and anal area. I use lint free disposable cotton pads soaked in witch hazel (why pay so much more for Tucks), and generic, unscented baby wipes with aloe. I buy them by the case and always have them with me. I then apply Bag Balm ointment - it contains an antibiotic/antiseptic.

Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I went to the doctor because my hands were shaking. My doctor sent me to a neurologist and all she said was it happens sometimes when you get older, and I was 54. It took me two years of asking for an MRI for her to say okay, will do an MRI just to give you peace of mind, and that's when they found my brain tumor. My neurosurgeon doesn't want to operate until he absolutely has to, because I have a lot of other health issues and he says it would be very dangerous to operate. It is now time and I'm scared.

Comment from: [email protected], 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 26

I have no health insurance. I've been reading a lot about brain tumor. I took a lot of damage to the left front part of my head. About 6 months ago I got two big blisters behind ear, and one large bump that drained in the front top part. Then my left side of face swelled and then right side. I have little tiny bumps that when popped are loud and nothing comes out. It is hard to swallow, feels like a ball in my throat. Right nostril is closed. Left looks like scabs are coming out. From my left ear no wax has come out in 3 months.

Comment from: Swathi, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 01

I have 4th stage brain tumor.

Comment from: Shirley, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I have an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), and a benign pituitary tumor. It is inoperable due to possible rupture of AVM.

Comment from: dardar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I had a large benign brain tumor 10 years ago. Then 2 years ago I had many seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy. For at least 6 years now my feet are numb and now my ankles aches. The doctors say I have multiple sclerosis (MS) that shows in my brain. I am still waiting to see the doctor for MS and have another month to wait. I wish I knew what to take medicine-wise to ease my pains and fear of my lack of knowledge. So scary!

Comment from: Joyce, Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I was diagnosed with brain cancer in Jan 2013. I was having trouble with my eyes shooting to the left and staying there for around 30 seconds. I was later told I had a mass the size of a walnut on my brain. I had surgery. The doctor told me I had stage IV brain cancer.

Comment from: anne, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 12

I have had very intense pain in my chest due to costochondritis, as well as bouts of awful numbness. I have found an amazing remedy; lots of yoga. It is fantastic, my symptoms are 99 percent better.

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Comment from: Al Gorithm, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I endured an awful weekend with fever, pain and general malaise. This morning I noticed a white spot on my gum. I barely touched the spot with a needle and foul pus erupted. I got almost immediate relief from the pressure and pain. Later the fever subsided and I felt much better. I didn't know that what I had was a dental abscess. I fear I'm going to lose the tooth but I won't know for sure until I see my dentist. Draining the abscess may not have been the right thing to do so don't use my example as what should be done.

Comment from: Fbwill88, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I was at work when I became dizzy and my handwriting changed. I went to emergency room 3 times, and after a 2nd MRI showed fast growing brain tumor, I was sent to another hospital. I had 2 biopsies which showed benign fast growing tumor around pons, brain stem and cerebellum. Now I have left sided weakness, vision problems and dizziness. But I am glad to be alive and believe I am improving slowly. It's a shock because I was so healthy before all of this. Humbling, as I need help for showering, cooking, cleaning, etc.

Comment from: Wendi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I have a benign intraventricular tumor in my third ventricle that is now 22 mm. I almost always have a headache and have no appetite, I have lost 50 pounds which is good as I was overweight. I cannot work and feel rather confused. I do not know how much longer I can wait to have it removed, it is still not blocking spinal fluid flow. It is definitely affecting my quality of life.

Comment from: canuck, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

My first and only symptom was a very intermittent tingling on my left cheek. After it continued for about 3 months (it was very intermittent so initially I was not concerned), I went to a general doctor and he did an assessment. He was concerned as he did not think it was a stroke or a pinched nerve and sent me for an MRI to be on the safe side. Diagnosis a tumor, left side on the petrous apex, near my brain stem. Thankfully the surgery was successful and the tumor a meningioma.

Comment from: Sandy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I am just diagnosed with a germ cell brain tumor. It is 4.4cm x 3.2cm. This was diagnosed in the emergency room (ER) after having an eye appointment due to blurry vision. I am trying to get appointment with neurologist but I have no insurance and most likely couldn't get insured now if I wanted to.

Comment from: ME, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I was diagnosed with Triple Negative brain cancer 4 years ago. My back has hurt for several years, but tolerable. Now, I am having headaches for almost 2 weeks now, and they are pretty bad. I also have fallen a couple of times and have at least 1 dizzy spell each day. I do not want to go to the doctor and start having a bunch of tests. My job is very stressful, I am in college, and I have a teenager. It could be stress, so I don"t want to waste time and money if a test is not needed.

Comment from: ceedie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I was diagnosed in 2010 with a macroadenoma of the pituitary gland. I woke up in the middle of the night with the worst headache of my life and started vomiting soon after. Within 2 weeks I was having surgery to remove it. I had gained a lot of weight and my eyesight was blurry even with glasses. The tumor was pressing on my optic nerve which is the reason why surgery was done so quickly. Since the surgery my eyesight returned to normal but my hair fell out and I now have thyroid problems and taking medication. I had other hormonal imbalances from the surgery but they have resolved. I still have a yearly MRI and blood tests every 6 months to make sure there is no recurrence.

Comment from: me, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 13

My mom was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) grade IV, in her right side of the brain when she was 54 years old. She has undergone series of chemotherapy, radiation, IV therapy with Avastin and 2 craniotomies. She has left side weakness and now she is 55 years old. The last time we went to the hospital the doctor told us that nothing is working and the tumor is so aggressive that it grew again in the same spot. She gave us the option of removing it again through operation but my mom decided not to have the 3rd operation.

Comment from: Veronica, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I have a tumor on my brain stem, it is inoperable. I have been told to be checked every three months to see if it is growing. I stopped checking because even if it grows, it can't be removed so why check. I have short term memory loss and I'm always trying to deny it.

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Comment from: My beloved Son, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 13

My 20 year old son was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor the size of a ping-pong ball nine months ago. The tumor is on his pituitary gland, pressing against his optic nerve. The doctors decided not to operate because of its location (close to the Aorta); they tried to shrink it with medication (Cabergoline, Bromocriptine and Abilify). Nothing worked due to wicked side effects. He has been referred to a radiation therapist, but we are afraid of the side effects since he is very young. We are going to a neurosurgeon (a 3rd. time) in order to discuss surgery. He has a lot of headaches, ringing in the ear, and feels very week. School is over for him. He was going to school of engineering.

Comment from: Charliegirl, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

The results of my complete blood count analysis are WBC 5.8, RBC 4.80, hemoglobin 14.5, hematocrit 42.4 percent, MCV 88.3, MCH 30.2, MCHC 34.2, RDW 11.9, neutrophils 55.4 percent, lymphocytes 33.2 percent, monocytes 6.9, eosinophils 3.6, and basophils 0.9. I hope these results are good. The doctor rarely goes over it, only if there is recommendation.

Comment from: best, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: August 29

I just got the result of a urinary tract infection test I did and it turned out to be staph pyogenes. For over six months I have been having neck pain with swollen lymph node at the back of the neck and joint pains; and now ear pains affecting the throat, including chest and back pains.

Comment from: Garden Of Roses, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I had a stroke on August 1 of 2014. The emergency doctor ordered MRI of the brain, and it turned out I have brain tumor (meningioma). I been having headache for long time, having double vision, memory loss, and nausea.

Comment from: gus, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 15

I have small slow growing tumor on the front left lobe of my brain.

Comment from: L F, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I am a Brit and have lived in New Zealand since 1999. I have a left petro-clival meningioma which was diagnosed and treated with 28 days radiation treatment in 2009. I also have a mid-line meningioma on the floor of the anterior cranial fossa. Both tumors are now on the annual MRI 'wait and watch' regime. I remain symptomatic for now headaches and nausea wake me in the middle of the night, and I have shooting pains in my left ear which are helped by amitriptyline. The left side of my face and scalp is very tender and I get a prickling sensation on the left side of my upper lip.

Comment from: wm18, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I am a 46 year old woman who has a tumor in my back sinus cavity that is inoperable. I also have one on my optic nerve behind my right eye. In November 2006 I had it removed, but the doctors left 3%. I go every year for an MRI to see if it has grown. This past month I found out that the tumor has grown and doubled in size. I’m not sure what is next for me, but I am scared. I will fight it with everything I have.

Comment from: blumen62, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 21

My on recently turned 50 and was diagnosed w/a brain tumor, turned out to be melanoma cancer. He just finished radiation, and now starts chemo. Temodar is the pill he takes for 5 days, then off for 3 weeks. He is very healthy and athletic, so I am praying this can get him cancer free. He has a great attitude and hopefully will beat this thing. Has anyone else heard of melanoma in the brain? Doctors cannot find cancer anywhere else in or on his body.

Comment from: kahisha, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 24

My father has a brain tumor(pituitary) whereby he got operated at first in 2001, but soon after the operation he just lost vision and he couldn't see again, after two years they did some diagnosis and found that it started to grow again so he just got another operation in 2003, but this time things are so worse he keeps saying some imaginary things like he sees some people when he is walking even sometimes when he is alone also loss of memory and lot of problems so I was seeking for the advice if there are any medication that we may give him as I our country we don't have therapist which I think they might be a help I am from Tanzania.

Comment from: brainy, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 02

I have a patient and it happened that I was about to graduate my care giving course. And she was my first patient as stay in caregiver here in locality. It was devastating to tell that at her early age she got a brain tumor. At first she was in the stage of denial and refuses the medicine prescribed by doctor. Then until the tumor must be operated. Good to say I convinced her to undergo operation for her own good. I don't know what happened to her that she agreed to me. Maybe because she accepted the fact that she need to undergo treatment. Thank goodness she now fine and healthy.

Comment from: chris, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 10

I am a 48 y/ old male with 15 tumors in my Brain and Spine, called Choroid Plexus Pappalomas. Two were removed and the others are not reachable. I had Radiation and Chemo to shrink them down, but no good. It paralyzed me from the chest down. I'm told these are only found in Babies and very young kids, so how the heck did I end up with them.

Comment from: cindy, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 25

Hi my name is Cindy and my husband Fernando has a brain tumor that is cancer. He just finished getting radiotherapy a week ago on his back he goes in again on Monday to start the radiotherapy on his brain. My husband is 33 years old he’s paralyzed from the waist down since November of last year. He can’t hear from his left side and can’t talk very well. He’s taking this therapy very badly. He doesn’t want to eat and is so very skinny. What makes all this worse is that he’s in Mexico. You see Fernando was deported from the US a year ago and is not allowed back. His mother, bless her heart works everyday to help with his medical bills medications and room and board for him. She even has a lawyer working on his case to try and get him back. Fernando is a good hard working loving man husband and father and never should have been deported!! I just pray to god that these doctors know what they are doing and get my husband better.

Comment from: Lola, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 02

My mom was diagnosed with a tumor in her brain more than a year ago now. She had it removed right away with surgery. It was quite large; we were all very scared. After her surgery, she was sent home the next day and recovered great. Five months later, she went for a MRI, and it was back, and three more tumors came with it. We were all devastated. She was strong, and she did cyber knife radiation for six weeks. The tumors stopped growing for a bit. Then we went back a year after her surgery and found out that there were now 13 tumors in total in her brain. She was so sick: vomiting and headaches. We were all just so beaten by this. Sadly, she lost her life at the age of 53. She was strong, and she is now healthy and happy. We miss her every day.

Comment from: Harry, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 06

I am 79 years old and I thought I had panic disorder. Over the last ten years I have had all different symptoms. Now it’s becoming unbearable with headaches and an unbearable strain behind the top of the nose, which causes my whole face to feel twisted. Often it causes me not to be able to talk freely and not to be able to walk straight. I also have depersonalization, so especially in the street, people and things don’t look real. This Sunday I am having a private MRI to make sure I don’t have a brain tumor.

Comment from: stelios, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

I have regularly some headaches (not severe, for example, once per week) in a particular part of my head. These headaches usually get better with a pill against pain. For example, I get such pain when moving my head up and down fast. Yesterday I got this pain (had slept 3 hours). I had dizziness the day before yesterday, not when I woke up, but when I moved my head around, when going to work. The day before I had dizziness, I was all day on the computer, eyes focusing on the same part of the screen. I am concerned that I may have a brain tumor.

Comment from: MRI, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I was having blackouts and seizures in public, before being diagnosed with brain tumor.

Comment from: Karen397, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I have severe headaches. Anxiety, balance problems, and double vision. I'm scared it might be brain tumor.

Comment from: shazeb khan, Male (Patient) Published: December 11

I have tinnitus problem since 2 months, so now it is ringing in my ears so that I can’t sleep properly. The doctor told me it is a tumor in the back of ear.

Comment from: beverly bush, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 14

I have a tumor on the left side of my brain.

Comment from: maria conlee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I have a brain tumor which doctors have detected in the middle of my brain in a mass of liquid which is not cancer. I wonder if this could be the reason for getting a lot of migraines and pressure in my head.

Comment from: Haley, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My friend is only 21 year old she has a softball size tumor in her brain.

Comment from: ScarlettsWeb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had a malignant ependymoma, Grade 2, removed from the fourth ventricle and brain stem during two surgeries in June of 2012, followed by 30 radiation treatments to ensure all cancer cells were gone. Chemo is not an option in my case. Since the second surgery, I have suffered from double vision (prisms on eyeglasses not working so far), tremors (ataxia) in my left arm and leg, general weakness, and severe nausea, dizziness, and dry heaves/vomiting. Ependymoma in adults is somewhat rare. I just want to get back a little closer to my old normal. I love and have the utmost confidence in my neurosurgeon, and the rest of my medical team is great as well. My family is indispensable. I'm also blessed with friends and neighbors. Good luck to all of us suffering through this type of challenge.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

The type of tumor I have is called astrocytoma. It was about 2 inches in diameter and is at the front left lobe of my brain. The doctors removed a large part of it and say they will have to go back in and remove the rest.

Comment from: heather, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

Hi, I’m a 38 year old female and had a meningioma surgically removed in 2002. Since surgery I find I get very tired and have a problem with short term memory. The tumor was benign.

Comment from: nyryan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 18

I’m a 29 year old male. I had a pituitary gland tumor. It started out with having high blood pressure and no matter what medication the doctor gave me it would lower my blood pressure. He had me take a CT scan and my tumor was found. I took medications to shrink it, but they didn’t work so I had to have surgery. They happened to miss a single cell and it grew back. I had a second surgery on my birthday (lucky me) and they finally got it all. My symptoms before the first surgery were weight gain, stretch marks, no stamina, muscle deterioration, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. After surgery it takes about two weeks for the headaches to go away and the doctor gives a large bottle of Percocet to help. The total healing takes 6 to 12months. After surgery they also gave me Prednisol. This is a very important pill. It substitutes the lack of cortisol lost during surgery. If you do not take these pills you will die within 48 hours. Eventually your body will start producing cortisol on its own again, but it will take a while. If you have a pituitary tumor hang in there. It will take time, but it will be better.

Comment from: sally, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I am 45 years old women with well-defined slightly hyper-dense extra-axial lesion at the right cerebellopontine angle. It measures 3.1cm (w) x 3.2 cm (ap) x 3.2cm (cc). Following contrast administration, this lesion shows bornogenous strong enhancement pattern. There is mass effect to the adjacent right cerebellar peduncle and the fourth ventricle. Associated midline shift of 0.4 cm to the left side at the level of pons. Diagnosis as meningioma. Differential: acoustic schwannoma.

Comment from: Patsy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

In 2002 I was diagnosed with a Neuroenteric cyst on my brain stem. The size of a quarter. It was sitting in my posterior fossa on my nerve center. They had to go into my spine c1 and c2. It was benign. I had it removed and three months later was diagnosed with Hydrosphelous and had a shunt placed in my ventricles and it drains into my stomach. After the two brain operations I continued to have symptoms and found out that cf fluid had filled the void of the tumor and was mimicing the brain tumor. I was told it will not return.

Comment from: Michelle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I'm a. 42 year old female. I had to go into brain surgery immediately after being diagnosed. The surgeon was the top neurosurgeon in the area. He went in there and debulked it. My type of brain cancer was glioblastoma. It’s the type that Ted Kennedy had. I had chemo and radiation. Now, my oncologist looks at my MRI and does not see anything there. There's an open space. I am very happy with the results.

Comment from: christie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

About 15 years ago, I went to the emergency room for a really bad headache. A CT scan was performed, and the doctor told me I had a sinus infection. Later they found I had a fatty tumor on my brain, but it was microscopic.

Comment from: gg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I have a low grade brain tumor in the white area of brain.

Comment from: frankie jr., 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 16

Well my son was 7 years old when they found his brain tumor in 07. He really didn’t have that many symptoms except vomiting every once in a while. Everyone kept saying it was a stomach virus. He would not stop vomiting and we took him to the hospital where they did a CT scan and found a brain tumor the size of a baseball and it was rapidly growing. The doctor said if we would not have brought him in, he would have died within a week. We were devastated. He went through 15 hours of surgery and he went through radiation and chemo for about a year. It was finally all gone, but then about 2 months, later he had a bad seizure. The doctors did another CT scan and found that cancer had spread all over his brain. They gave him 3 months to live. We love and miss our Frankie very much. He was a brave little boy and he tried so hard to beat this cancer. He would have been 12 years old today.

Comment from: cynthia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I was diagnosed with a grade 1 brain tumor last June, and I have had epilepsy for many years. I am having a lot of trouble putting thoughts into words. It is almost every sentence now. I have also gained a lot of weight - maybe from anxiety, but don't know. It isn't like me to eat like a horse.

Comment from: Peggy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

In 2010 I had surgery to remove two meningiomas, one behind my right eye and one behind my right ear. In Oct, of this year I was diagnosed with another meningioma lying next to my brain stem. This one is too high risk to remove at this time.

Comment from: kelsieg, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

When in high school I had a large grape-sized bump behind my left ear. It sort of popped one day and moved into a vein shaped lump running vertically down my neck. I ignored it for years. Meanwhile I noticed I had liquid seeping out from behind my ear just enough to notice and only when I was swelled up. I swell up each morning and I still deal with ear issues like painfulness, hearing loss, twitches, paralysis, vision loss beyond my years, sinus disease, and all sorts of balance and cognitive issues. Despite doctors not diagnosing me right, one doctor decided to remove the lump in my neck. It was a solitary circumscribed neuroma. I still have my ear issues and balance and cognitive issues so I am wondering what else is in there. They didn't see my tumor on any imaging so I doubt they can see much in my ear but here I go again on another trip through doctor land to find the one who will remove it because it seems this is my only option for both diagnosis and treatment. I hope I am the only one going through this but if not just remember to advocate for yourself and don't take any bull. They don't know as much as we think they do.

Comment from: Rajeev, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 14

My mother 71 years had benign brain tumor, which was operated on 10th April, 12 but after one month we found in MRI it was growing (2cm). She if now suffering with weakness, uncontrolled urine and mild headache. I need help for next step. Please suggest.

Comment from: Shane, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

When I was 20 I had a brain tumor. I woke up one morning with the worst headache of my life and threw up probably twice a day. I started losing my sight for about 5 seconds at a time after standing from a prone position. I went to the optometrist; he sent me to his superior how then suggested I go to a hospital. I found out I had a tumor that night and 2 days later was operated on.

Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

Hello, I had a problem with my hearing when I went to the hospital for them to check it out the DR said that I had less hearing on the left than on the right so he sent me for a MRI scan A week later I was back in the clinic, this time I was told I had a Brain Tumor. Total shock my tumor is benign thank goodness, I was given 3 options (1) to wait and see if it grows, (2/3) radio treatment and surgery, and I've chose to wait , if I have any problems then we go to the next stage.

Comment from: shiva, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

Hi, on October 1, 2010 I had a massive seizure during the night. My husband called 911. First MRI done and Dr. said appears to be a tumor. 2nd MRI confirmed glioma. Had surgery at a great hospital. Surgeon removed all of the tumor, Grade 2 astrocytoma. He said I should be tumor free-he doesn't think it will ever reoccur. I am very hopeful, still on Keppra at least for 1 year. No side effects from surgery. I am very fortunate.

Comment from: Missy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

My brain tumor is an abnormal mass in temporal area.

Comment from: brenda58, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

No symptoms. Diagnosis: Acoustic Neuroma over size of goal ball pressing on brain stem. Removed on May 10, 2010. Removal caused me to be 100% deaf in right ear. In Dec. 09,2010 "BAHA" implantation to aid in hearing on the right side as well as balance issues.

Comment from: sgeor, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 22

My sister aged 38 had a convulsion December, 2010. CT scan and MRI revealed a low grade glioma; our Doctor suggested another MRI after 3 months or operation on SOS. She was fine these 3 months except for some occasional headaches; The 2nd MRI after 3 months revealed a rapidly growing lesion and suggested a high grade glioma. Doctor suggested an emergency surgery. She’s being operated on now.

Comment from: kristi, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 24

I have a stage 2 brain tumor the size of a tennis ball on the side of my head.

Comment from: Lisa, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

Three years ago I suddenly had trouble walking. Within 3 weeks I was falling and couldn't control my right leg. I had an MRI and discovered a brain tumor the size of a grapefruit. It was removed and after rehab I was able to walk again. A year later, after a checkup another tumor appeared and was operated on. This time because of location the surgeon couldn't take it all out and I also had gamma knife radiation on the other part. After, I felt fine but in another checkup this year, another tumor appeared and was surgically removed. I am planning on having gamma knife to burn some tiny tumors. I feel good and have no obvious symptoms.

Comment from: Please Help, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 27

My cousin Eddie has a brain tumor in his brain stem and so far he has had the symptoms of sleeping more and more, and eating and drinking less and less. He was diagnosed with it before November and the doctors said he would be lucky if he made it to his 21st birthday, which was in January. He's still fighting...

Comment from: jmc2010, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor called an acoustic neuroma. I had a trans lab surgery last year to remove most of the tumor. If it grows back I will have gamma knife to kill the rest.

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