Brain tumor is a very dangerous disease because it directly affects the function of the brain and nervous system.

According to MSc.BS.CKII Chu Tan Si – Head of Neurosurgery Department, Neurology Center, Tam Anh General Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, brain tumors can appear at any age, especially in the group of people over 70.

A brain tumor is a collection of large numbers of brain cells that grow abnormally beyond the body’s control.

Primary brain tumor

Primary brain tumors are brain tumors that form and develop on their own from cells of the brain and central nervous system (not due to transmission from other areas of the body).

3D image depicting a growing brain tumor.

According to Dr. Si, the characteristics of primary brain tumors are that the majority are benign, accounting for 70% (non-cancerous), 30% are malignant (cancerous) tumors.

Secondary brain tumor

Secondary brain tumors are tumors that appear in the brain due to cancer cells from another organ metastasizing to the brain.

Secondary brain tumors are always malignant.

There are two common types of brain tumors

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Diagnosing a brain tumor begins with a detailed assessment of nervous system reflexes.

After that, the patient is assigned to perform one or more more in-depth tests to get an accurate conclusion.

To treat brain tumors, doctors often combine many different treatment methods at the same time to increase effectiveness.

Dr. Tan Si said that current modern brain tumor surgery techniques are combined with nerve fiber MRI (DTI) which allows doctors to see images of nerve conduction bundles around the tumor.

Hiep Huynh