WHEN Kirsty Lane noticed her nipples were leaking, she was suffering headaches, mood swings and irregular periods she put it down to stress.But a GP told the nurse her contraceptive pill could be to blame.Yet, the 26-year-old’s true diagnosis was much more concerning – she was living with a brain tumour.A routine blood test revealed the then student nurse had a prolactinoma – a tumour on the pituitary gland in the centre of the brain.Kirsty, from Weeting, Suffolk, said: “Just hearing that word ‘tumour’ made me panic.“That was really the only thing I listened to. I heard the word tumour and brain and I just thought I was dying.“It was so awful. I left the surgery and just sobbed and sobbed and my husband, Mark, came to meet me.”Kirsty first began feeling unwell towards the end of her degree in 2013.As well as having constant headaches, her menstrual cycle stopped and she noticed a white milky liquid leaking from her breasts.Her lorry … [Read more...] about Nurse, 26, who blamed her leaking nipples, mood swings and irregular periods on the Pill discovers she’s actually battling a brain tumour
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WHEN Leo Jones started having dramatic mood swings and his personality “completely changed” his wife became worried he was going to leave her.But Leo actually had a deadly brain tumour that had caused intense headaches for three years.Dad-of-two Leo, 30, of Porthcawl, South Wales, had gone to see a doctor several times as his headaches became more intense, but his condition went undiagnosed.Finally Leo, who used to be an electrician, was diagnosed with a anaplastic astrocytoma, a type of tumour that spreads throughout the organ, and was given three years to live.Remembering when his symptoms first started his wife, Kimberley, 29, said: “His personality had completely changed, too.“I was worried that he didn’t want the baby, or he didn’t love us anymore. I was worried he was going to leave us.“But the reality was there was a tumour slowly spreading through his brain.”Leo and Kimberley, who is now his full-time carer, met through … [Read more...] about Dad, 30, struck by deadly brain tumour that caused his personality to ‘completely change’ – and mood swings so bad his wife thought he wanted a divorce
BRAIN tumours are abnormal cells that grow in the brain and can cause serious damage.But what are they symptoms of the serious condition and how easy are they to spot? Here’s what we know…Model Caprice Bourret recently revealed she has been diagnosed with a brain tumourA brain tumour is a growth of abnormal cells that grow on the organ and multiply and spread in an uncontrollable way.The growths can be benign, non-cancerous, which grow slowly and if treated are unlikely to reappear.However, cancerous brain tumours are more serious and some can start in the brain or spread there from cancer elsewhere in the body.Brain tumours are also graded on their seriousness, with grade one and two tumours being seen as low risk.While grade three and four tumours are seen as high risk and likely to return after treatment.According the the NHS, the symptoms of a brain tumour depend on its severity and which part of the brain is affected.However, there are common signs that people can look … [Read more...] about What is a brain tumour and what are the signs and symptons to look out for?
A MUM who took her young son to hospital thinking he needed glasses has been told the five-year-old has a brain tumour and has just months to live.Stephanie Downing thought little Daniel was suffering problems with his eyesight - only to be told the devastating truth last week.Tests had revealed that Daniel had a type of brain cancer known as pontine glioma, The Plymouth Herald reports.After being referred to Derriford Hospital by his opticians the youngster, who lives with his mum and older brother in Plympton, Devon, had an MRI scan.Doctors now say schoolboy Daniel – who was rushed to a specialist unit in Bristol to start chemotherapy - has just nine months to live.Family friend Biffy Lynch – who has started a JustGiving page for the family – said: “Steph was concerned about his eyesight. She thought he needed glasses."She took him to the opticians and then they referred him to Derriford."He had an MRI scan last Thursday and that is when we found … [Read more...] about Mum takes son, five, to hospital thinking he needs glasses but discovers he has a brain tumour and just nine months to live
EXCESSIVE use of a mobile phone caused a man to develop a brain tumour, an Italian Court has ruled.The benign tumour – which means it was not cancerous – was the outcome of too much work-related phone use, the judge ruled.The ruling, handed down on April 11, was made public yesterday.The northern Italian town of Ivrea awarded the plaintiff a state-funded pension as part of the ruling.The verdict is subject to a possible appeal.Roberto Romeo, 57, had testified that his work duties obliged him to use his mobile for three to four hours of each working day for 15 years.His lawyers Stefano Bertone and Renato Ambrosio said in a statement: “For the first time in the world, a court has recognised a causal link between inappropriate use of a mobile phone and a brain tumour.”Romeo said he did not want to demonise mobiles but added: “I believe we have to be more aware about how to use them.“I had no choice but to use my mobile to talk to colleagues and organise … [Read more...] about Italian court rules man’s brain tumour ‘was caused by using his mobile phone for work’
A NEW way to stop one of the most aggressive types of brain tumour from spreading could pave the way for new treatments, scientists believe.The new technique could lead to better patient survival from glioblastoma, findings from a study at the University of Southampton have suggested.By targeting a specific type of enzyme, scientists believe they can stop the spread of the tumour - one of the most common malignant brain tumours in adults.Despite being so common, researchers have little insight into how the tumour forms and infiltrates the brain tissue.The growth has threadlike tendrils that extend into other parts of the brain, making it very difficult to remove it all.Dr Elodie Siney and her team analysed how enzymes called ADAMs affect the movement and function of the human tumour cells.The findings suggest that if doctors are able to block the specific enzymes, ADAM10 and ADAM17, the tumour stops growing and spreading.The scientists found blocking these molecules also … [Read more...] about Discovery could pave the way for new treatments to stop common brain tumour from spreading
Obese or overweight people are at greater risk of eight more types of cancer, scientists have warned.Carrying excess weight is known to be a high risk factor for a number of forms of the disease, including breast, kidney and bowel cancer.But, experts have now identified eight additional tumours that are linked to being fat.The higher a person's body mass index, the greater their risk of developing stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, meningioma (a type of brain tumour), thyroid cancer, as well as multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood.Cancer prevention expert Dr Graham Colditz at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said: "The burden of cancer due to being overweight or obese is more extensive than what has been assumed."Many of the newly identified cancers linked to excess weight haven't been on people's radar screens as having a weight component."Limiting weight gain over the decades, could help reduce the risk of these cancers, … [Read more...] about Obesity found to trigger 8 MORE types of cancer
TARA Palmer-Tomkinson today passed away after a year-long battle with a brain tumour.The 45-year-old was diagnosed with a pituitary tumour, an abnormal growth in the brain, after going for blood tests when she felt run down last year.The former IT girl revealed she had been having treatment to reduce the size of the growth.Further tests also revealed she was suffering a rare auto-immune condition which can cause tiredness, weight loss and joint pain.Around eight in every 100 brain tumours affect the pituitary gland, which lies in a hollow space behind the eye.Though tiny, around the size of a pea, the gland influences almost every part of the body.The hormones it secretes are released into the blood stream, where they are responsible for affecting growth, blood pressure and reproduction.The majority of these tumours develop from the gland tissues and are nearly always benign, or non-cancerous.The type of pituitary tumour Tara was battling is known as a prolactinoma, a … [Read more...] about As Tara Palmer-Tomkinson dies after brain tumour battle, what are the symptoms to watch out for?
WHEN avid cyclist David McClean started to suffer headaches, he took a few paracetamol and refused to let the pain get the better of him.It was, in itself, a hint something was wrong.The fit and healthy 52-year-old was not one to take painkillers, his daughter Charlotte told The Sun Online.And, when he started to mix up his words, asking for more "car" in his tea, his wife Dawn booked him in to see the family doctor.David was booked to go to Geneva the next day, for a cycling trip - a trip he never made.After going to A&E for a scan, doctors discovered two shadows on David's brain.They were two tumours, invading the left-side of his skull.Three years ago, the dad-of-two battled sarcoma - cancer of the bone, and underwent an operation to remove the tumour.As a result, doctors at Antrim Area Hospital feared the disease had returned, and spread - and kept David in for tests for 11 days.But they revealed no other source of the cancer, and he was transferred to The Royal in Belfast … [Read more...] about ‘Fit’ dad, 52, battling aggressive brain tumours has just months to live unless family raise £350,000 for “life-saving” therapy not funded by NHS
LITTLE Nathan Box looks like any other boy his age.Except seven-year-old Nathan desperately needs a life-changing operation so he can “live a normal life” – but the NHS won’t fund his treatment.Nathan is suffering from a rare brain tumour that causes him to have as many as 25 epileptic-type fits every day.The condition, called hypothalamic hamartoma, causes him to burst out laughing before suffering violent fits.The seizures are so severe the youngster has split open his chin, his head and broken his nose.His mother, Susan Box, said the laugh has now become his family’s “warning sign”.The little lad was a happy, healthy boy when two years ago he was diagnosed with the illness after doctors initially thought he had epilepsy.The rare condition could be cured with a £100,000 surgery but his family were devastated to learn the NHS would not fund it – and began crowdfunding to take Nathan to Texas for the op.The surgery is … [Read more...] about Little boy, 7, battling rare brain tumour suffers 25 violent fits every day – but the NHS won’t fund his ‘life-saving’ treatment