• Can brain cancer be presented as a stroke in the beginning?

    Asked by MarktheMan on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Can brain cancer be presented as a stroke in the beginning?

    Ok, I've been reading again, boy I need to stay off the internet. Doc didn't say I had a stroke, but I sure have similar symptoms. What are your thoughts.

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      I hope you are well. Before I begin to answer your question, let me correct you on one important fact: you have a malignant brain tumor, not brain cancer. There is a big difference between the two. If you have brain cancer then the brain would not be your primary source but rather a metastases from another primary. The word cancer got its name from the word karkinos ny Hiippocrates, the Greek word for crab because it moved to adjacent areas. Brain tumors rarely move out of the brain to other organs. That is always one of my pet peeves that the two are often thought of as the same, and yet as a nurse, there are definite behavioral differences between the two. To answer your question, a stroke is hemispheric. So if you have a stroke to the left side of your brain, the right side of your body is affected and vise versa. I don't recall you saying that you have lost the use of any limb or that you have any difficulty with speech or understanding. I recall only that you are on anti-seizure medications. If it were me, and as a nurse I had to choose between a stroke or a brain tumor, I would take the tumor but I highly doubt that this is your issue or was your presenting issue. I am glad to see that you are trying to learn about your disease, but as I told you on earlier posts; your best source of information is the ABTA. Best of luck to you and stay well, Carm RN.


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