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13 June 2016

India: 20% of Patients Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Every Year Are Children: Study

"In India, every year 40,000-50,000 persons are diagnosed with brain tumour. Of these 20 % are children. Until a year ago, the figure was only somewhere around 5 %... A small percentage of brain tumours are linked to genetic disorders and known environmental hazards, such as exposure to certain toxins or radiations." 


20% of patients diagnosed with brain tumour every year are children: Study

Agencies  / thehealthsite.com, 12 June 2016

The study also revealed that only 6% of patients suffering from brain tumour receive adequate treatment.

With a surge in the brain related ailments in the world, every year over 2,500 of the Indian children suffer from medulloblastoma, a paediatric malignant primary brain tumour which spreads through the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and frequently metastasizes to different locations along the surface of the brain and spinal cord, doctors have said. Read: Brain tumour during childhood can affect one’s intelligence.

According to them, in India, every year 40,000-50,000 persons are diagnosed with brain tumour. Of these 20 % are children. Until a year ago, the figure was only somewhere around 5 %. These are the symptoms of brain tumour. The doctors said that if the cases are detected early, then 90 % of the medulloblastoma cases are curable, provided the treatment protocol is followed correctly.

‘20% of the brain tumour cases currently consist of children, which has increased over the years. Mostly the symptoms include repeated episodes of vomiting, and a morning headache, which may lead to a misdiagnosis of a gastrointestinal disease or a migraine,’ said Vikas Gupta, Director and head of Neurosurgery and Interventional and Endovascular Neurosurgery at BLK Hospital here. Read: Scientists find a protein that leads to the formation of brain tumour. Brain Tumour Foundation of India says that brain tumour is the second most common cancer among children after leukaemia.

Explaining further, Guptae said: ‘The child will develop a stumbling gait, frequent falls, diplopia, papilledema, and sixth cranial nerve palsy. Positional dizziness and nystagmus are also frequent and facial sensory loss or motor weakness may be present. Decerebrate attacks appear late in the disease.’ The health experts have also said that if the treatment is done in time, the children can live up to 70-80 years without any problem.

Satnam Singh Chhabra, head of Neuro and Spine Department at Sir Gangaram Hospital, said: ‘Brain damage not just in children but as a whole can be a serious problem. It can cause problems with thinking, seeing, or speaking. It can also cause personality changes or seizures.’

Talking about the causes, he said: ‘A small percentage of brain tumours are linked to genetic disorders and known environmental hazards, such as exposure to certain toxins or radiations.’ According to the official data, currently, only 6% of the children suffering from brain tumours are able to get the proper treatment.

Shailesh Jain, Senior Consultant Neuro Surgery at Saroj Super Specialty Hospital, said: ‘Sometimes surgery is not possible, especially if the tumour is in the brain stem or certain other areas. People who can’t have surgery may receive radiation therapy or other treatment.’

‘Radiation therapy kills brain tumour cells with high-energy x-rays, gamma rays, or protons. Radiation therapy usually follows surgery but sometimes people who can’t have surgery have radiation therapy instead,’ he said. Read: Don’t ignore that headache, it can be a brain tumour.

Source: IANS

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http://www.thehealthsite.com/news/20-of-patients-diagnosed-with-brain-tumour-every-year-are-children-study-ag0616/

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