Malignant Brain Tumor....Death Be not Proud

gowritells By gowritells, 25th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A tribute to all the people who have been with the sufferers and took great care of the victims of this dreaded disease.Also included is a review on the book "Death Be not Proud" by John Gunther who himself shares his experiences as father of a teenager who fights with death, suffering from cancer.

Malignant Brain Tumor

A malignant brain tumor is a fast-growing cancer that spreads to other areas of the brain and spine.Most malignant tumors are secondary cancers, which means they started in another part of the body and spread to the brain. Primary brain tumors are those that started in the brain.
The symptoms of a malignant brain tumor depend on how big it is and where it is in the brain.
Common symptoms include:
severe, persistent headaches
seizures (fits)
persistent nausea, vomiting and drowsiness

mental or behavioral changes, such as memory problems or changes in personality
progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body, vision problems, or
speech problems.

Cause of the tumor

As we can't predict certain reason for a person's death,there is no cause for the tumor to be developed.We can only say that its unfortunate to develop a tumor as there is no cause for it.There may be causes of genetic impact or in some other times ,it may be aftermath of radiotherapy for treatment of brain.
Moreover,there are less chances of recognizing the symptoms of the tumor and this ultimately leads to prolonged suffering ,before and even after the treatment.

Treatment of the tumor

The 3 milestones for decreasing the suffering or prolonging life for a few more years are :
Surgery
Chemotherapy
Radiotherapy

Surgery is done on the part of the brain where tumor has developed,prior to which the scalp is shaved and opened and put back after which any of the two milestones have to be passed to kill any cancerous cells left behind and reduce the chances of the tumor regrowing.
But,malignant as the word means is very cruel and keeps coming even after treatment.And if its secondary,there is no cure.It haunts the victim till death !

What after treatment

If treatment is successful, patient may still be left with some persistent problems, such as seizures, walking difficulties, or speech problems which may need supportive treatment to help them recover from or adapt to these problems.
They also need regular follow-up appointments to check if the tumor has started to come back.They need to live life with the course and should always be on the watch out.

Death be not proud...a review

The author of the book Mr.John Gunther shares with us a true story of his life where his son unfortunately dies of this dreadful disease.
The author tells the life of the teenager before and after diagnosing the disease and how difficult it is to be with it.
He even narrates the vulnerable situation of the people around who care for the boy.
The author challenges death that his son bravely faced the disease like a warrior and so it need not be proud that it could ultimately take his life.
He says that "Death covertly takes his life" feeling that it couldn't face the warrior and so had to take his life like a thief,secretly !

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Brain, Cancer, Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Treatment, Death, Malignant, Surgery, Tumor

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Apr 2015 (#)

Brain tumor - is a dreaded condition though some are lucky to escape unscathed with modern treatment methods and luck. Death be not proud - a book that I always wanted to read and I was intrigued by its title. Thanks for this highlight, Soumya - siva

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author avatar gowritells
27th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you for going through this article sir.I wish u'll also go through the book soon.

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