Brain Tumour - Blog by KLE Hospital

Brain tumour

What is a brain tumor?

A brain tumor is a growth of abnormal cells that have formed in the brain. Some brain tumors are
malignant (cancerous), while others are not (non-malignant, non-cancerous or benign). A brain tumor can form in the brain or other parts of the central nervous system (CNS), such as the spine or cranial nerves. The brain plays a central role in the control of most bodily functions, including awareness, movements, sensations, thoughts, speech, and memory. A tumor can affect the brain’s ability to work properly and adequately perform such functions.

What is the difference between malignant and non-malignant brain tumors?

If the tumor is made up of cells that multiply slowly, then it is usually non-malignant; however, if the cells multiply and spread quickly, then the tumor is malignant.

Non-malignant (benign) brain tumors are not cancerous. These types of tumors grow relatively slowly and do not tend to spread. Even though they are not cancerous, these tumors can still cause symptoms and may need treatment. A non-malignant brain tumor can still be a serious medical condition.

Malignant brain tumors are cancerous. These types of tumors generally grow faster, and are more aggressive than non-malignant tumors. They often spread and damage other areas of the brain and spinal cord. Malignant brain tumors need to be treated as soon as possible to prolong life.


Here are 7 common myths and facts about brain tumors that you should know:

Myth 1: Brain Tumor only affects elders
Fact: Brain tumor is a disease that can occur in both children and adults. Approximately 3.9 per cent of all brain tumor cases diagnosed occur in children ages 0-14 years.

Myth 2: Mobile phones increase the chance of brain tumor
Fact: There is no proper scientific evidence that can prove the use of mobile phones increases the risk of brain tumors. However, long exposure to radiation can have an overall negative impact on health.

Myth 3: Every brain tumor patient has similar symptoms
Fact: There is a common belief that all brain tumor patients have similar signs and symptoms. But that is not true. The symptoms vary from person to person, depending on the size, site, and grade of the tumor

Myth 5: Brain tumors are always cancerous
Fact: Most people believe that all brain tumors are cancerous. That is not true. There are both cancerous and non-cancerous brain tumors. Additionally, only one-third of brain tumors are cancerous. If diagnosed on time, brain tumors can be treated with proper treatment.

Myth 6: Brain tumors are always fatal
Fact: Brain tumors can be serious, but not all of them are fatal. The prognosis depends on various factors such as tumor type, location, size, and the individual’s overall health.

We the Neurosurgery department in KLES DR. PRABHAKAR KORES HOSPITAL provide state of the art treatment with facilities of high end microscope, Neuronavigation for deep seated tumours , CUSA for tumour decompression.

Dr. Prakash Somashekhar Mahantshetti
MBBS, M.S (Surgery), M.Ch (Neurosurgery)

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