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Schwannoma Neurofibrosarcoma

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by Jake Bartfay on 30 November 2012

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Schwannoma Neurofibrosarcoma Transmission and Prevention Symptoms, screening and treatment of disease What is Schwannoma Neurofibrosarcoma Doctors don't know what causes most schwannomas and neurofibrosarcomas but nerve sheath tumors are more common in people who have inherited Neurofibromatosis Type 1. There is no clear way to prevent from growing a nerve sheath tumor but most doctors would just suggest to make good choices for your health. Symptons usually only vary between a growth or swelling on the areas that can be affected; numbness, weakness, or paralysis in area of tumor; and the tumor can be painful or painless. Doctors do physical and neurological examinations by using CT or MRI scans. Once the tumor is discovered, a biopsy will determine if it's malignant or not. Treatment is usually obtained by giving the patient doses of radiation to decrease the risk and size of the tumor, and is usually removed by surgery. Schwannomas are types of nerve sheath tumors. They coat around the nerve fibers that transmit messages to and from the brain and spinal cord. Schwannomas form when Schwann cells grow abnormally. Neurofibrosarcomas are when schwannomas become malignant and can be found in the lower back and on the brain stem. Since they originate in nerves, they are considered part of a group of cancers called soft tissue sarcomas. Impact of Medical Technology without modern medical technology, we would not be able to discover and treat these cancerous tumors like we do. Even though we could have more advanced ways to rid the patient of the tumor, we have come a long way from how we would treat these sort of things. Although Schwannoma Neurofibrosarcoma is very rare, it is incredibly dangerous and has a high death rate; so that only explains how quickly we need to find better ways to get rid of the tumor Society's Response to Disease Since Schwannoma Neurofibrosarcoma is such a rare condition, it hasn't really gotten a response by the public. It being considered as a cancer has given people more of a reason to support the treatment of the condition, considering how the public's opinion on the treatment of cancer. Bibliography "Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors — Diagnosis and treatment." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumors/>. "Neurofibrosarcoma and Schwannoma." WebMD - Better information. Better health.. WebMD, LLC, n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. <http://www.webmd.com/cancer/neurofibrosarcoma-and-schwannoma>. "Nerve Sheath Tumors - Center for Nerve Injury and Paralysis." Center for Nerve Injury and Paralysis. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. <http://nerve.wustl.edu/nd_tumors.php>.
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