Blood Brain Barrier

By GCS (LinkedIn and Twitter)

What Is Blood Brain Barrier? 

Blood brain barrier is an elaborate network of fine blood vessels and cells that filters the blood reaching the central nervous system (CNS). 

A diagnosis of a brain or spinal cord tumor brings uncertainty and worry to you and your friends and family. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by a new world of tests, technology, and treatments that you may know little or nothing about.

The handbook written by the US NINDS will give you a better understanding of brain and spinal cord tumors, their treatment options, and the latest research to find safer, more effective ways to diagnose and treat them. You can take the best care of yourself by learning about your diagnosis and discussing it with your doctors.

Brain and Spinal Tumors: Hope Through Research

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has written the handbook (pamphlet) (downloadable below).

The NINDS is the United States’ leading supporter of research on disorders of the brain and nervous system, including brain and spinal cord tumors. NINDS, one of the U.S. Government’s National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is part of the Public Health Service within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NINDS health-related material is provided for information purposes only. Advice on the treatment or care of an individual patient should be obtained through consultation with a physician who has examined that patient or is familiar with that patient’s medical history.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • What are Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors?
  • Overview of the brain and spinal cord
  • CNS Tumor FAQS
  • What are benign and malignant tumors?
  • What are primary and metastatic tumors?
  • What causes CNS tumors?
  • Who is at risk?
  • How many people have these tumors?
  • How are tumors graded?
  • What are the possible symptoms?
  • How are CNS tumors diagnosed?
  • How are brain and spinal cord tumors treated?
  • Neurosurgery
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • What is the prognosis?
  • What Research is Being Done?
  • Where can I get more information?
  • Appendix: Some CNS Tumors and Tumor-Related Conditions
  • Glossary

Download “Hope Through Research” brainspinaltumors.pdf – Downloaded 784 times – 4 MB

 
 

Last Date Updated on December 30, 2014

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