Fighting Brain Tumor


A shocking news to family members!

The news that my cousin in San Diego, California is undergoing treatment for brain tumor was devastating to his family back here in the Philippines. Even his American husband is losing hope and resorted to frequent the local bar for emotional relief. What’s keep them bonded together is their only son, already a teenager.

Travel Man knows the difficulties being faced by cancer patients, from the regular check-up to the special chemotherapy session that will weaken their body systems. Even if one wins the battle, the remission process will lengthen the agony of getting out of the disease.

The former girlfriend of TM also suffered from brain tumor. Her present condition is that she cannot even recognize her three children and even her husband. It started as a soft lump at the back of her head. She told TM that she bumped her head severely when she was a child. Her parents didn’t even admit her to the hospital for a brain scan.

A simple bump can lead to brain cancer, if it happened at young age, because our skull is not fully developed or harden, especially at the top part. That's why, I was always reminded by my mother to take care of my baby sister carefully, before. Nothing is so sure about this brain malady, for sure. Even brain surgeons said so.


Brain Tumor Surgery c/o UWTV (University of Washington, USA)

Some acquired brain cancer even at a young age. Others are often diagnosed in their early adult years, just like my cousin in the US.

There are two main types of brain cancer. Primary brain cancer starts in the brain. Metastatic brain cancer starts somewhere else in the body and moves to the brain. Brain tumors can be benign, with no cancer cells, or malignant, with cancer cells that grow quickly.

Brain tumors can cause many symptoms. Some of the most common are

  • Headaches, usually worse in the morning
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in your ability to talk, hear or see
  • Problems with balance or walking
  • Problems with thinking or memory
  • Muscle jerking or twitching
  • Numbness or tingling in arms or legs

If you have any kind of these symptoms, you better seek help from the professionals; your good friend doctor.

We, ordinary people, don't have to know any of the gruesome details, but in simple description, brain cancer is like any cancer invading our body cells, replacing its normal functions;  eating away all the proteins they could extract and attacking our immune cells that prevent invaders (virus, etc.) take over our body.

No one knows the exact causes of brain tumors. Doctors can seldom explain why one person develops a brain tumor and another does not. So, intensive researches are being done every year, because there's so much more to know about cancer, especially brain cancer.

Brain Tumor Society

More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers being faced by cancer patients. Concerned agencies convened, with all the necessary legislations from the government in order to help those stricken with brain cancer.

1. American Brain Tumor Association spearheads many activities to collect help, money or in kind to help the needy and encourage th public to be open to all information concerning brain cancer.

2. Support, education and information...these are the factors being promoted by the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, a non-profit organization spearheading any projects concerning brain cancer patients.

Many organizations concerning brain cancer patients are drawing their concerns and staging worthwhile activities that can alleviate their sufferings.

Caregivers play a lot of roles attending to cancer patients of all kinds, especially brain cancer. The medication being administered, the psychological support for the's like their patience (amost all of them) encourage patients to fight back the cancer.

After all, there's still life left...even if you have cancer, whether you get out of it or not. It's your family that will be at your side when you needed them most.

Brain Tumor Surgery c/o pakzaban

Brain Cancer Statistics

  The National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF) for research in United States estimates that 29,000 people in the U.S are diagnosed with primary brain tumors each year, and nearly 13,000 people die. In children, brain tumors are the cause of one quarter of all cancer deaths. The overall annual incidence of primary brain tumors in the U.S is 11 to 12 per 100,000 people for primary malignant brain tumors, that rate is 6 to 7 per 1,00,000. In the UK, over 4,200 people are diagnosed with a brain tumor every year (2007 estimates).  There are about 200 other types of tumors diagnosed in UK each year.  About 16 out of every 1,000 cancers diagnosed in the UK are in the brain (or 1.6%). In India, totally 80,271 people are affected by various types of tumor (2007 estimates). NBTF reported highest rate of primary malignant brain tumor occurred in Northern Europe, United States and Israel. Lowest rate arised in India and Philippines.

Brain Surgery in Butuan Ilonggo Visayas, Philippines c/o solfedbutuan

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Interesting and most informative. Thanks!

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

CYBERSUPE: It's really a concern of everybody - this brain cancer thing.

Community awareness should be implemented so that even ordinary people will know its symptoms and thereby, treatment will be processed as early as possible.

Although, doctors and scientists as well can't fathom the origin of brain cancer, at least we can combat the damages being done to our brains.

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I had a cousin who died of a brain tumor. I think this would be the worst thing to have to go through.

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sarovai 6 years ago

Useful medical informative hub. Sorry for the brain humor affected person. Thank u for sharing.

Luqman 6 years ago

Im from Malaysia . My father just have doing a brain tumor operation 2 times . I feel woried about HIM . He sometime lost his memory . I so pity on him . Im 14 btw ;((

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Sandy: I felt sorry for your cousin.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@sarovai: Thanks for the support.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Luqman: Let's hope and pray that your father recovers soon. With your support (tender loving care), you can be an instrument to bring him back like he used to be.

ZEMRAN ERIC 6 years ago

Hi my name is zemran eric and i am from pakistan , and my fiancé is from phillpine and she is suffering from a brain tumor but she didn't find a cure of her cancer even in phillpine doctors dont know about that and did not find a cure please just help me to find a good doctors for brain tumor .. my e-mail id is ZEMRANN@GMAIL.COM please i am very thankful to everyone .. please help me ..

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Zemran Eric: My sympathy is for you and your Filipina fiancée. I'll see what I can do. I'll e-mail the Philippine Medical Society and you, too. As of now, I'm posting it at the Health seciton of the Forums of Hubpages and extend this message to other hubbers who have sound suggestion regarding your present situation. Prayers help, too! Keep on believing!

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RNMSN 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

Zemran...I think the first link here is the best/I like it when the physcians have their own web site/seems to give you a feeling they are actively nvolved with their craft of healing

am praying for you and your fiancé

much love to you

barbara b

travelman I am never to busy to help any time any way and much love to you too my friend!! barbara

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks for your humanitarian effort, Ms. Barbara. I hope Zemran will find the answer regarding his fiancee's condition.

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joyfuljennyb 6 years ago

Please follow us on twitter or visit Noahs page

he has a tectal glioma

Neil Butterfield  6 years ago

This is a terrible disease as are all cancers. My heart goes out to those who are suffering with this and to the family members of people suffering from the disease.

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privateye2500 5 years ago from Canada, USA, London

I am trying to find out more information on the type that is by the brain stem. I've learned a lot but nothing like what this says and certainly not from having hit ones head, which causes bleeding and swelling - but a tumor? hmmmm

Not so certain of that as not same results hitting other areas of body....everything I read says there is really no known cause.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@joyfuljennyb:Sorry for this delayed answer. Sure, I'll be following you on Twitter. I hope and pray that Noah will be healed soon.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Neil Butterfield: Thanks for your sympathy. They really need that. As of this moment, those children afflicted with this disease badly need our prayers.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@privateye2500: Hitting other areas of body can cause hemorrhoids (blood clotting inside the body). Brain Tumor, the topic of my hub, explains the symptoms but we always ignore it.

summer 5 years ago

According to my aunt which is a pediatrician doctor that i need to see a neurologist and undergo some process to check if i have a brain tumor, i'am afraid to know the truth bec i have two kids 1 and 4 years of age, i love them so much.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@summer: If you don't want to know the truth, it will not help you if you ignore the symptoms. It will just aggravate the situation. Yes, you love your kids so much, but it's only the opinion of your aunt regarding your health. The truth should come to the neurologist, not from your relative.

I pray that it's not. Your kids are so adorable, I'm sure. By the way, did you talk about it with your husband?

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dawn-shilo 5 years ago

Thanks for posting kuya. I am a 8 years BIG C SURVIVOR (GBM)....

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@dawn-shilo: Good thing to hear it from you. My prayers and congratulations!

Thanks for sharing your experience. It's not an easy fight and God has given you a new life to rejoice.

Becky Clores 5 years ago

The first video is very informative and encoureging though this is an operation done outside the philippines atleast it give me an idea how the doctors do the surgery.I'm actually suffering from Trigeminal neuralgia then afterwards it was discovered that its due to a Brain Tumor which already grown up from 2.5am in 2004 to 4.3cm in diameter now August 2011.It's located at the upper portion of my left head top of my ear .Since i'm not stable financially i'm thinking off just to sustain my medication for seizure and steroids .Please advise would it's still be possible at the size of the tumor - hope the neuro- surgeon

can advise me .

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Becky Clores: I am referring you to the nearest neuro-surgeon in town. I am sure, Manila Doctors Hospital have the equipment and facilities to operate about your case.

Pardon me for the delay of my answer. I hope you'll pass the rigors of having the disease. Coupled with prayers, only he Divine Healer knows how our lives will fare in this world.

BTW, here's the link:

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