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From: (Jonathan R. Fox)
Subject: Re: Tumor prevention
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 14:12:56 GMT

On Sun, 27 Feb 2000 09:12:21 -0000, "Bennett" <>
>Jonathan R. Fox wrote in message ...
>>On Sat, 26 Feb 2000 18:05:06 -0800, Valentina
>><> wrote:
>>>1) what are the first symptoms of a brain tumor?
>>They can vary.  The first symptom can be headaches, vision changes,
>>personality changes, discharge from the nipples (from a
>>prolactin-secreting tumor of the pituitary), balance problems, ringing
>>in the ears, or vomiting (especially in the morning).  Of course, most
>>of these symptoms happen from other conditions too and are usually not
>>from a brain tumor.
>A neurosurgeon once said to me that the most common presenting complaint
>that was due to a tumour was a headache, and yet of all the headaches he saw
>the chances of it being a tumour were _minute_ (and this was after the GP
>had screened the patients least likely to have a tumour).  Most often they
>would be simple tension headaches, which themselves can present in various

By contrast, many pediatric brain tumors present with vomiting
(especially in the morning) without nausea.  You wouldn't believe how
many brain tumors are diagnosed by gastroenterologists!

Jonathan R. Fox, M.D.

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