Mental Health & Brain Cancer

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 31, 2012

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Brain cancer or tumor that originates in the brain is a rare type of cancer the symptoms of which are rare. This type of cancer has a 66 per cent mortality rate in the first five years post diagnosis. The American Brain Tumor Association says that brain tumor sometimes, can have symptoms similar to that of other illnesses such as mental health disorders. Some of the symptoms related to mental health may range from loss of memory to cognitive problems, behavioural disorders and changes in personality.


Brain Cancer and Personality Changes

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, brain tumors can create mental disorders that range from speech and communication disorders to difficulty in concentrating or more serious intellectual problems. People with brain tumor may experience changes in their temperament, personality and behaviour. The symptoms of changes in personality due to brain tumor depend on the part of the brain that is affected by the cancerous growth.


Brain Tumor, Neuroimaging and Mental Illness

The National Institute of Mental Health says that brain imaging scans or neuroimaging help in diagnosing several medical illnesses. Although, neuroimaging in itself cannot diagnose a mental disorder, they help rule out other illnesses that may be causing similar symptoms as those experienced when suffering from a mental disorder. Researchers are currently studying the brain scans of patients suffering from a mental disorder to find a possible way of diagnosing mental illnesses at an early stage.


Brain Cancer and Children

When people refer to brain cancer, they usually do so to refer to medulloblastoma. Medulloblastoma is a type of cancer that is found mostly in children and originates on the lower section of the brain spreading to other parts of the body. This type of cancer causes innumerable symptoms in the patient that are similar to the symptoms of mental disorders such as irritability, changes in personality and impaired speech.


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