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Brain cancer types

Brain cancer types: Getting the basics about brain cancer

Brain cancer types

Brain cancer types are many but with proper diagnosis, healing is possible

Ignorant is said to be the biggest disease. And when it comes to brain cancer types, you can’t afford to be ignorant. Therefore when you are diagnosed with brain cancer, you may panic at the receipt of the result but you must not let this bring you down. This should open a new page of learning more about the disease. This will help you make the right decision on the next treatment action. As AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, our doors are open for you at any time and we are only a phone call away. You can make a point of calling us today and we will handle your concerns professionally. In the meantime, this article is going to help you learn some basics concerning the best treatment for you.

Brain cancer types: From where does brain cancers begins to spread?

Previously, we had mentioned that brain tumor is a mass of an abnormal cells in the brain which come in two distinct categories i.e.:

Primary brain tumors that start in brain tissue and pitches tent there.

Secondary brain tumors these can originate from anywhere in the body and ultimately destined into the brain. Like for instance, lung, colon, breast, kidney and skin cancers are examples of cancers that can spread to the brain. Some brain tumors have cancer and others don’t:

Benign brain tumors don’t have cancer cells and often grow slowly. They can be removed, and rarely spread to the brain tissue around them. They can cause problems if they press on certain areas of the brain, though. Depending on where they are located in the brain, they can be life-threatening.

Malignant brain tumors have cancer cells. The rates of growth vary, but cells can invade healthy brain tissue nearby. Malignant tumors rarely spread beyond the brain or spinal cord.

Brain cancer types: Grades of Brain Tumors

Tumors are graded by how normal or abnormal the cells look. Your doctor will use this measurement to help plan your treatment. The grading also gives you an idea of how fast the tumor may grow and spread.

Grade 1. Here long term survival is the word because cell are normal and growth is sluggish.

Grade 2. The cells looks a bit abnormal with low pace growth. The tumor may spread to nearby tissue and can recur later, maybe at a more life-threatening grade.

Grade 3. The cells look abnormal but actively growing into nearby brain tissue.

Grade 4. The cells look most abnormal and grow and spread quickly.

Types of Brain Tumors

In adults, the most common types of brain cancer are:

Astrocytomas. These usually arise in the cerebrum (largest part of the brain) and can fit in any grade. They often cause seizures.

Meningioma’s. These are the most common primary brain tumors in adults. They are associated with old age. They arise in the meninges, the lining of the brain. They can be grade 1, 2, or 3. They are usually benign and grow slowly.

Oligodendrogliomas. These arise in the cells that make the covering that protects nerves. They are usually grade 1, 2, or 3. They develops slowly and hardly spread to nearby tissue.

Brain cancer types: Leaning the basics about brain cancer


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Cancer patients fears of depression

Cancer patients fears

Cancer patients fears of depression is being registered by the professionals and it is time to take action without further delay

Cancer patients fears of depression: Panic attacks and cancer

Depression, increased levels of anxieties and fearfulness are normally triggered by certain situations in life that could be threatening. Cancer patients fears are common with many people because it is inbuilt. This could further be complicated if the individual victims panic along the way. Take, for example, you’ve known all along that you’re healthy and one visit to your doctor’s office changes everything at the announcement that your cancer diagnosis is positive. This is what cancer patients fear the most. When the patients were not expecting this kind of feedback the risk of depression can be very high. This lack of preparedness is an ingredient of fear and anxiety. Besides, the fear of treatment, frequent visit to the doctor’s clinic and tests might also cause apprehension. Because of the impact attributed to these feelings, we want to discuss the best ways of controlling anxiety and fear felt by cancer patients today.

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury’s care, the feelings of fear are scare whenever you’re sick are normal. Individuals may be afraid of hysterical pain, dying, or the aftermath of death, including what might happen to loved ones. These feelings may also be experienced by family members and friends too. It is, therefore, important that we are well informed of the signs that will indicate the presence of such fears and anxieties. The following are some of the signs and symptoms of fear and anxiety

  • Portraying anxious facial expression
  • Hysterical worry
  • Difficulties in solving problems and focusing thoughts
  • Muscle tension
  • Quivering or trembling
  • Restlessness may feel keyed up or on edge
  • Dehydrated mouth
  • Irritability or angry outbursts

Because cancer patients fears of depression can be life threatening, if anyone is showing the majority of these signs thereby causing some interference on a daily basis, the mental health of such individuals needs to be evaluated. And you can also be helpful by making the following observations.

Cancer patients fears of depression: What to do

  • Polite encouragement to share the experience.
  • Share feelings and fears that you or the anxious person may be having.
  • Listen carefully to each other’s feelings. Offer support, but don’t deny or discount feelings.
  • Remember that it’s OK to feel sad and frustrated.
  • Get help through counseling and from support groups.
  • Use meditation, prayer, or other types of spiritual support if it helps.
  • Embrace deep breathing and relaxation exercises. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, focus on each body part and relax it, start with your toes and work up to your head. When relaxed try to think of a pleasant place such as a beach in the morning or a sunny field on a spring day.
  • Talk with a doctor about using anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medicines.

Cancer patients fears of depression: Do not

  • Make effort to argue with a person whose fears and anxieties are severe instead consult with a doctor on the kind of medications to help.
  • Keep feelings inside.
  • Persuade one who is not willing to open up and talk to do so.
  • Blame yourself or another person for feeling fearful or anxious.

Finally, with this knowledge, we can be a good resource in helping many who are suffering from such conditions. You can also seek an appointment with doctor Akoury for further professional input now on any area that needs clarification.

Cancer patients fears of depression: Panic attacks and cancer



Drug addiction disorders and cancer

Drug addiction disorders

Drug addiction disorders and cancer have nothing good in common

Drug addiction disorders and cancer: Alcohol use and alcoholism

In dealing with drug addiction disorders and cancer disease one patient one asked “does the type of drink matter?” in responds doctor Dalal Akoury says that, it is important to appreciate that ethanol is the type of alcohol found in alcoholic drinks, whether they are beers, wines, or liquors (distilled spirits). These drinks contain different percentages of ethanol, but in general, a standard size drink of any type 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor contains about the same amount of ethanol (about half an ounce). Of course, larger or ‘stronger’ drinks can contain more ethanol than this. Overall, it is all about the amount of alcohol consumed over time, not the type of alcoholic beverage, seems to be the most important factor in raising cancer risk. Most evidence suggests that it is the ethanol that increases the risk, not other things in the drink.

Drug addiction disorders and cancer: How alcohol raise cancer risk

From the experts’ point of view, doctor Dalal Akoury having been in this practice for well over two decades reiterates that, as things stand now, the exact way alcohol affects cancer risk isn’t completely understood. In fact, there might be several different ways it can raise risk, and this might depend on the type of cancer complication in question as we are going to see following. And as we make that progress, it will interest you to note that in order to effectively help addicts recover from their difficulties, Dr. Akoury made a decision to create a medical center whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. Matters of this magnitude needs serious and professionalism in treatment and that is why doctor Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. You can reach her on telephone number 843 213 1480 for an appointment and any other concerns you may be having.

Drug addiction disorders and cancer: Damage to body tissues

Finally, alcohol can act as an irritant, especially in the mouth and throat. Cells that are damaged may try to repair themselves, which could lead to DNA changes in the cells that can be a step toward cancer. In the colon and rectum, bacteria can convert alcohol into large amounts of acetaldehyde which is a chemical that has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals. Alcohol and its byproducts can also damage the liver, leading to inflammation and scarring. As liver cells try to repair the damage, they can end up with mistakes in their DNA, which could lead to cancer. We are going to continue this discussion in our subsequent postings and we want to take this opportunity to encourage you to stay with us on the link and learn with the experts.

Drug addiction disorders and cancer: Alcohol use and alcoholism



Depression and the Connection to Substance Abuse

Depression and the connection to substance abuse: Understanding the two conditions

Depression and the Connection to Substance Abuse

Depression and the Connection to Substance Abuse are realistically dangerous in any human life

We are at it again and this is because of the ever increasing concerns raised across the globe about the significance of depression and the connection to substance abuse. Professionals at the home of experts (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) are very concern at the effects of clinical depression and how it can take a toll on the body, mind and spirit causing physical health problems as well as a profound sense of hopelessness and despair. This is one health element that can ruin a whole society if not addressed in good time. And because of the increasing demand for health information about this two unique problems, we are going to be discussing this topic yet again to further give insight of the precautions that you can take to be safe of this devastating health condition.

According to doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) a veteran expert in addiction and also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, the effects of depression can be felt primarily on a physical level in the form of sleeplessness, weight changes, inactivity and substance abuse. Doctor Akoury is confirming that from the available statistics it is true that the problem of alcohol consumption and drug abuse are more common with depressed individuals than in the general population. Besides that we can further make some confirmations from different bodies who are researching on the possible links between depression and addiction, like for instance according to QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, men diagnosed with major depression are nearly three times more likely to develop a dependence on alcohol, while women with depression are over four times more likely to become alcohol-dependent.

Depressive disorders affect the health and productivity of the general population as well as the life of the individual. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that major depressive disorder affects almost 7 percent of American adults and that is almost 15 million people, while dysthymic disorder affects 1.5 percent, and yet again the World Health Organization has also noted that depression is one of the leading causes of disability around the globe further giving us more reason to act swiftly. The expert’s at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury are reporting that if not addressed promptly, substance abuse can worsen the course of depressive disorder by increasing the risk of outcomes such as:

  • Drug or alcohol addiction
  • Psychiatric hospitalization
  • Suicide attempts
  • Accidental or intentional overdose

Individuals who are diagnosed with depression and a substance use disorder are more likely to drop out of conventional substance abuse treatment programs before they finish rehab. They are also more likely to relapse once they start a treatment program. Therefore it is important that the treatment for these co-occurring disorders should be done effectively and must target both conditions in order for the patient to achieve long-lasting recovery.

Depression and the connection to substance abuse: Recognizing depressive disorders

When dealing with situations like the two before us, it is very important that we are well informed of each of them so that we are able to make a distinction. Therefore the question that follows would be “how can you distinguish between depression as a psychiatric disorder and the blue moods that we all experience at times?” This is very necessary because with clinical depression, the severity of these moods is more intense, and symptoms last for longer periods of time. In order to meet the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder, the individual must experience at least five symptoms of depression for two or more weeks. The following are some of the typical depressive symptoms to watch over:

  • A predominantly low mood on most days of the week
  • Lack of interest in favorite activities
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Unwanted weight loss or gain
  • Sluggish thinking or movements
  • Dwindling to focus on important tasks
  • Contemplations of death or suicide
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness or worthlessness

Dysthymic disorder, a milder form of depression, is characterized by less severe symptoms persisting for two years or more. People with dysthymic disorder may seem chronically unhappy, irritable or sullen. While the symptoms of this disorder may be less noticeable than major depression, however the effects can persist for years. One of the major challenges about this situation is that many individuals who are struggling with dysthymic are actually not aware that they have a psychiatric disorder. It is therefore important to note that when faces with such circumstances, then only a qualified professional either a clinician, a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist can make an official diagnosis of major depressive disorder. However, by learning to recognize the symptoms of this debilitating condition, you and your loved ones can prevent serious consequences like self-isolation, addiction and suicide. We understand that some of these problems may not go down well with many of us and that is why we are open always to offer our professional help to all members of the public of all walks of life. You can call doctor Akoury on Tel:  843 213 1480 to schedule for an appointment with her for a more consultative season and have all your concerns addressed professionally.

Depression and the Connection to Substance Abuse: How does depression begin?

It is common knowledge that ignorant is a very costly affair meaning that in our case study we must get all the information we need about depression and addiction for us to be able to understand and make the right decision. While addressing the question “how does depression begin?” Doctor Akoury registered that depressive disorders can arise from a number of different sources or from a combination of factors. And the following are some of the most common contributing causes for your consumption:

  • Stressful situations that aren’t easily resolved, such as divorce, the death of a loved one, or a serious injury or illness
  • Physical health problems, such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, or alcoholism
  • A genetic predisposition to depression, or depressive moods in close family members
  • An imbalance of chemicals that regulate mood and energy levels, such as serotonin, dopamine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
  • Structural abnormalities in the areas of the brain that regulate mood and memory

Finally imaging studies have shown that depression is linked to specific regions of the brain, and that these areas appear to be different in people with depressive disorders. Harvard Medical School points out that the hippocampus amygdala and thalamus may be smaller or function less efficiently in people with depression. We will however continue with this theory of Harvard Medical School in our subsequent discussions but in the meantime, if you or any one you know is struggling with depression or substance abuse, then it is important for you to seek for immediate help from the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center today without delay.

Depression and the Connection to Substance Abuse: Understanding the two conditions




The dangers of stress and anxiety in addiction

The dangers of stress and anxiety in addiction: Why this association must be discouraged

The dangers of stress and anxiety in addiction

The dangers of stress and anxiety in addiction are real and not to be taken lightly

For a couple of times we have been discussing the effects of stress, depression and anxiety in relation to substance abuse and we were able to look at certain health conditions including, cancer, heart diseases, stroke and the effect of these problems on immunity. From the study, it was very evident that stress is a very long bridge that connects the body to various illnesses. Without leaving any stone unturned, we want to progress on that discussion sighting the dangers of stress and anxiety in addiction. Our focus is going to be on the following health conditions:

  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Eating and Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Pain
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Sexual and Reproductive Dysfunction
  • Memory, Concentration, and Learning

These are not conditions that anyone would wish to associate with more so when the individual is also struggling with drug addiction of any level. I know that a lot is being done to salvage the situation and the prevalence of addiction, but even as those efforts are being made, what is you individual contribution to those efforts? If you put substance abuse aside for a while you realize that these listed health conditions are not friendly to humanity yet they are much more resonated by stress, depression, anxiety and drug addiction. On our part as professionals from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, we are working with like minded people in this fight against the scourge of addiction. We would wish that if we are to win this fight, then we all need to pool together and join forces to deliver the much needed victory to ourselves, families and the society. Therefore if you are struggling with any of the conditions named, you may want to start the journey by scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for the commencement of your recovery.

The dangers of stress and anxiety in addiction: Gastrointestinal Problems

The brain and intestines are closely related, and are controlled by many of the same hormones and parts of the nervous system. Indeed, some research suggests that the gut itself has features of a primitive brain. It is not surprising then that prolonged stress can disrupt the digestive system, irritating the large intestine and causing diarrhea, constipation, cramping, and bloating. Excessive production of digestive acids in the stomach may cause a painful burning.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Irritable bowel syndrome (or spastic colon) is strongly related to stress. With this condition, the large intestine becomes irritated, and its muscular contractions are spastic rather than smooth and wave-like. The abdomen is bloated, and the patient experiences cramping and alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea. Sleep disturbances due to stress can make irritable bowel syndrome even worse.

Peptic Ulcers – It is now well established that most peptic ulcers are caused by H. pylori bacteria or the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications (such as aspirin and ibuprofen). Nevertheless, studies still suggest that stress may predispose a person with H. pylori to ulcers.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Although stress is not a cause of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis), there are reports of an association between stress and symptom flare-ups.

The dangers of stress and anxiety in addiction: Eating and Stress

Stress can have varying effects on eating problems and weight like for example:

Weight Gain – Often stress is related to weight gain and obesity. Many people develop cravings for salt, fat, and sugar to counteract tension. As a result, they gain weight. Weight gain can occur even with a healthy diet, however, in some people who are exposed to stress. In addition, the weight gained is often abdominal fat, which increases the risk of diabetes and heart problems.

The release of cortisol, a major stress hormone, appears to boost abdominal fat and may be the primary connection between stress and weight gain. Cortisol is a glucocorticoid. These hormones, along with insulin, appear to be responsible for stress-related food cravings. Evidence suggests that hormonally induced cravings for “comfort foods” may have a biological benefit for managing stress. Eating comfort foods appears to reduce the negative hormonal and behavioral changes associated with stress, which might lessen the impact of stress on an individual. Carbohydrates in particular may increase levels of tryptophan and large neutral amino acids. This leads to more production of the chemical messenger serotonin, which might improve mood and performance under stress.

There may be a “reward-based stress eating” model. In this theory, stress and tasty, high-calorie foods cause the brain to make chemicals called endogenous opioids. These neurotransmitters help protect against the harmful effects of stress by slowing activity of a brain process called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, thus weakening the stress response. Repeated stimulation of the reward pathways through stress-induced HPA stimulation, eating tasty food, or both, may lead to changes in the brain that cause compulsive overeating.

Research findings indicate that overeating may be triggered by different stressors in men and women. However women tend to put on extra pounds when dealing with financial and work problems, as well as strained family relationships. Men gain more weight from lack of decision authority at work and difficulty in learning new skills on the job.

Eating Disorders – Chronically elevated levels of stress chemicals have been observed in patients with anorexia and bulimia. Some studies, however, have not found any strong link between stress and eating disorders. More research is needed to determine whether changes in stress hormones are a cause or a result of eating disorders.

The dangers of stress and anxiety in addiction: Diabetes

Stress can exacerbate existing diabetes by impairing the patient’s ability to manage the disease effectively. Therefore when stress management is becoming a problem to you, then you stand a greater risk of contracting some of these health conditions we have discussed and even those that we are yet to discuss. I don’t know what you may be going through but if this article is describing your situation then you need not to lose hope because help is right before you. The formation of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center was intended for you. Take this opportunity and call 843 213 1480 doctor Akoury today for professional advice on all that you may be going through in relation to the dangers of stress and anxiety in addiction and she will be able to help you in the most professional way to have your life and comfort back.

The dangers of stress and anxiety in addiction: Why this association must be discouraged