Glioblastoma And the size of the tumors effect on the motor cortex. By: Renae Howington Tripken AP Psych. WHY?!.
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THIS MAN RIGHT HERE!!!!...I decided to do this project because of my papaw. He was diagnosed about 5 months ago with Giloblastoma Cancer. He means the world to me and I just wanted to find out more information on his cancer.
I believed that the larger the tumor the worse that the ability to use the motor cortex would decrease significantly. Not only would it effect the ability to use your limbs (arms, legs) but also the use of your face and other functions such as using the restroom, and chewing.
The symptoms of cancerinclude seizure, nausea and vomiting, headache, and hemi paresis,
the single most prevalent symptom is a progressive memory, personality, or neurological deficit due to temporal and frontal lobe involvement.
The kind of symptoms produced depends highly on the location of the tumor, more so than on its pathological properties. The tumor can start producing symptoms quickly, but occasionally is an asymptomatic condition until it reaches an enormous size
GBM is more common in males, although the reason for this is not clear. It may be due to the fact that males eat more and thus increase their chances of eating something that is virus-infected. Most glioblastoma tumors appear to be sporadic, without any genetic predisposition. A viral link remains the strongest causal agent. No links have been found between glioblastoma and smoking, diet, or electromagnetic fields, however the evidence regarding a link with cellular phone use remains equivocal.
Some also believe that there may be a link between polyvinyl chloride (which is commonly used in construction) and glioblastoma. A recent link cited in the Lancet medical journal links brain cancer to lead exposure in the work place.
Sex: male (slightly more common in men than women)
Age: over 50 years old
Ethnicity: Caucasians, Asians
Having a low-grade astrocytoma (brain tumor), which often, given enough time, develops into a higher-grade tumor
Having one of the following genetic disorders is associated with an increased incidence of gliomas: Neurofibromatosis, Tuberous sclerosis, Von Hippel-Lindau disease, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Turcot syndrome
Q.: What were some of your minor symptoms that you had before you found out you had cancer.
A : Minor coughs, chest pains, and headaches, numbness and tingling in my left side. I completely found out that I had Glioblastoma Cancer when I was sent to the hospital in March for symptoms of a stroke.
Q : What most effected you after the cancer began to grow?
A : The use of my legs and the left side of my face began to lose feeling and usage of the left side of my face.