A brain tumor is an abnormal tissue growth inside the brain. This can prevent a human brain from normal functioning. The tumor can be benign or malignant, primary or secondary. It can cause various symptoms and is a serious medical problem that should be further checked by a specialist.
Normally, the cells in a body age and die before they are replaced by new cells. A tumor disrupts this cycle as tumor cells grow, even if the body does not need them, and they do not die. The exact type of brain tumor will differ depending on where the tumor cells originate from and whether they are malignant or not. Primary brain tumors come from different cells of the brain as well as the central nervous system and are named for the kind of cell in which they form first.
Brain tumors originate when a normal cell begins to grow abnormally and eventually develops into a mass. The exact cause of abnormal growth is still unknown. Brain tumors can be classified into the following types: 1) Benign brain tumor: it is the least aggressive type of tumor and does not contain cancer cells. It has clear borders and does not spread to other tissue. 2) Malignant brain tumor: this tumor contains cancer cells and does not have clear borders. It can be life threatening because it can spread to other tissues and grow rapidly. 3) Primary brain tumor: it starts in cells of the brain and can spread to other parts of the brain, but rarely to other organs. 4) Secondary (Metastatic) brain tumor: this tumor originates from other parts of the human body and then spreads to the brain. People with brain tumors can experience various symptoms. It can cause a headache, visual disturbances, seizure, personality changes, poor coordination and gait, short-term memory loss, vomiting, lethargy and the like.
Treatments of brain tumors depend on the cause, type, location and severity. Normally the supportive treatment includes drugs such as anti-seizure or antiepileptic drugs, steroids and sometimes surgery. Steroids decrease the swelling of the brain and antiepileptic drugs may help to prevent seizures. In addition, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are also commonly used to treat malignant brain tumors. If you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms without an explained cause, you should consult a specialist for further examinations and follow-up.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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