Tuesday, July 23, 2013
One may ask: what exactly is a brain tumor and how does it effect a person? According to Science Daily a brain tumor is any intra-cranial mass created by an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells either normally found in the brain. Brain tumors can affect a person in many different ways, depending on where it is located in one's brain. The photo below show the different parts of the brain and what they control for your body.
Brain tumors can either be classified as benign or malignant. Benign means it is non-cancerous whereas malignant means it is cancerous. Luckily in my dad's case, his tumor was benign. His tumor was occipital, meaning it was located in the back of his head, and his more specifically was on the 7th and 8th cranial nerve. Each nerve has its own purpose but I will focus on these two. The 7th nerve affects your facial movement while your 8th nerve affects balance and hearing. He originally noticed something was wrong when he could not hear out of his left ear, got frequent headaches located in a specific spot, had trouble balancing, as well as numbness in his face and tongue.
How did he get this tumor?? We have absolutely no idea and neither does the doctors. Scientists have no idea how tumor come about but people who have cancer elsewhere in the body, inherited diseases, or exposure to certain chemicals are at a higher risk, but my dad had none of these to our knowledge.
I hope everyone enjoyed learning about brain tumors. If you have any questions feel free to comment or ask me personally. As for my dad, he is very healthy and tumor free!