Mayo Clinic Connect
Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa and Dr. Hugo Guerrero Cazares answer questions about brain tumors.
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Thank you for your questions. Audrey Laine will ask your questions towards the end of the broadcast.
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For a non cyber gek: wasted 45 min. trying to find Mayo Clinic Chat about Brain Tumors, not on Facebook nor Connect. Things are normal in cyber world for me. I wonder if I can use some other media connection to savage this cyber waste. Thanks
Great opportunity to hear these guys!! Thanks for offering this. I couldn’t see the video on my laptop but could on my iphone. I’m convinced that IF this head thing gets worse, I’m heading to the Mayo experts. Again, much thanks for hosting this!
I have a benign dermoid tumor located above the basilar artery in the Circle of Willis. It was discovered by accident January 2015 with a CAT scan to the brain after I had fainted and taken a fall. It was followed up with an MRI. I can find very little information on this kind of malady and was told by my family physician not to worry about it unless I developed symptoms. The radiologist report also advised to follow up with a neurologist if symptoms arose. The problem is I have no idea what symptoms would signal a problem. I am 61 years old and in good health, but had a second fainting episode and fall in January 2016. I was referred to a cardiologist who diagnosed it as orthostatic hypotension. What symptoms could arise that would be attributed to this tumor given its location as opposed to normal age-related problems and/or orthostatic hypotension? I have no idea what symptoms could arise or what would signal that I should be referred to a neurologist.
Hi Colleen. Thank you for the link. My physician said look for “anything out of the ordinary”. That is a broad list of possible symptoms.The location is just above the basilar artery in the circle of willis. This kind of tumor is very rare and little information is out there. I was just curious if the Mayo experts could narrow down what kind of symptoms would most likely indicate I should seek a referral to a neurologist. Unfortunately my insurance will not approve a referral to a specialist unless there are symptoms. I wasn’t seeking a diagnosis or a treatment plan…just possible symptoms that could arise given the location. All is good!
Thank you Audrey for asking my question (which was answered), and for Colleen and others who monitor this site. Thanks so much to Dr. Q and Dr. Guerrero Cazares for their time to provide this great overview, and helpful answers to all questions. Their upbeat manner, comprehensive knowledge, and superb patient orientation are so impressive. Praying for them and their teams as they care for patients afflicted with brain tumors, as they educate their patients & families and many others, and as they seek new treatments and cures.
Oh @taterjoy! Thank you so much for your kind words! I’ll be sure to pass them along. We are grateful for Connect members like you!
Hi, I am new in this “forum”. I am a 42-year-old, mother of two teenagers. After suffering for many years from severe headaches, recently, I have been diagnosed with a benign meningioma in the brain, my concern is that my doctor has told me that there is nothing to do for the moment just monitoring every 1 to 2 years and be aware of symptoms or changes in my health. A benign meningioma can remain harmless or does a moment come where it reaches to its malignant stage?
Hi @peque. I sent your question to the experts and Dr. Guerrero provided this response: “The vast majority of meningiomas are not cancerous, grade 1 tumors. However, a very small percentage of them undergo malignant transformation into grades 2 and 3.” So that’s good news! Most of them remain benign and never transform into something more.
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