What would be your first reaction to the word 'cancer'? Most of the times, when you hear someone talking about this deadly disease, you get goosebumps right?
Well, it is quite a natural reaction because cancer is one of the deadliest diseases that can affect humans.
At some point in our lives, most of us would have come across someone who was either struggling with cancer, survived the fatal disease or, in some cases, succumbed to this deadly disease.
When cancer affects a person, along with that person suffering from its horrible symptoms, his/her near and dear ones too go through a hard time. Cancer can be emotionally devastating to everyone involved.
Cancer is a disease where there is an abnormal multiplication of cells in specific areas of the body, which gradually grows into tumours and destroys tissues and organs, leading to various painful symptoms and even death.
There are different types of cancers that affect specific parts of the human system. The most common ones being breast cancer, brain tumour, prostate cancer, colon cancer, etc.
Brain tumours are one of the deadliest types of cancers which come with a very low mortality rate.
Here are a few facts about brain tumour that you may not have known of, have a look.
Brain tumour is the main cause for cancer-related deaths for patients under the age of 14 and it is the second main cause for cancer-related deaths for patients under the age of 20.
There are about 120 types of brain tumours that can affect people of any given age, ethnicity and gender, making treatment extremely difficult. All forms of brain tumours can be potentially fatal.
Glioma is the most common type of primary brain tumour that affects the glial cells of the brain.
Primary brain tumour usually does not spread to the other organs and remains in the brain, unlike in other forms of cancer. However, it can still be fatal.
If brain death occurs in patients with primary brain tumour, their organs can still be donated to the others in need, as the rest of the organs are not affected.
Brain tumours in children are different than the brain tumours that affect adults, and they are treated with different techniques and medicines.
When brain tumour affects children, even if it is cured, it may lead to life-long cognitive and learning disabilities in them, depleting their quality of life.