Brain cancer in its primary sense is a deadly disease. Cancer in the brain is characterized by malignant tumors (excessive growths of cells) that take up space in the brain and push out space. Primary brain tumors occur in over 250000 people every year, which is a relatively small amount (less than 2% of all cancers). It comes with a whole host of symptoms, including pressure headaches (caused by the skull not being able to support the intruder tumor). Depending on where the tumor is located, different lobes of the brain can be affected – leading to an inability to understand language, trouble speaking, lack of vision, or even problems swallowing. The essential nature of the brain means that any disease affecting it spreads double to the rest of the body. Cancerous tumors have a low rate of survivability overall – they simply don’t react well to the treatment options for benign tumors. Research on brain cancer is an ongoing process, requiring the continuous updating of different processes to research the neuroblastomas that make up much modern research. The vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) is used as a way to kill cancer without affecting healthy cells, and much research has been done in the last 10 years to help alleviate the pressure put on by the disease. Go out and show some respect for your grey matter with a grey wristband!
Written by Michele Wheat