Brain cancer is a growth found in the brain that is caused by the abnormal development and cell division of brain cells. The cancer cells won’t die and they build up in the tissues and will eventually become a mass. When these tumors grow and spread, it can overpower healthy normal cells by taking their blood, nutrients, and space. It can also metastasize or spread to the other parts of the body causing another cancer disease.
The origin of brain cancer can come from two types:
Primary Brain Cancers
It is called as primary brain cancer because it originated from the brain. As abnormal brain cells grew, it will become a tumor or a mass. It will then cause painful symptoms. Examples of primary brain tumors are gliomas, meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, vestibular schwannomas, etc. They are named according to where the cancer developed.
Metastatic Brain Cancer
This is when cancer cells came from a tumor located elsewhere in the body. It is called metastasis when a cancerous tumor spread its cancer cells to the brain. This is considered one of the most common types of brain cancer.
The signs and symptoms of brain cancer can vary from one person to the other, however, most of the cases have the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in walking
- Blurry vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Speech problem and a general change in a person’s concentration, mental capacity or personality.
Just like any cancer, brain cancer doesn’t have a specific cause, but some experts believe that there are certain factors that can contribute to its development. Radiation and chemical exposure, family history, HIV infection, and cigarette smoking are some of the examples.
The treatment for brain cancer includes drug therapies, surgical procedure, and other alternative therapies. However, doctors would need to consider the patient’s age, the size of the tumor and the overall health of the individual.
If you think you are suffering from Brain Cancer you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Brain Cancer as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).