A brain tumor is a growth or mass of abnormal cells in your brain. There are over 120 different kinds of tumors that can develop in your brain. Some of these growths are benign. Others are malignant. The tumors that start in your brain are referred to as primary brain tumors. If a malignancy begins in another area of your body and then spreads to your brain, it is called a metastatic or secondary brain tumor.
Anaplastic astrocytoma is an infiltrating, primary tumor. This means that it begins in your brain, rather that metastasizing (spreading) from some other part of your body to your brain.
Anaplastic astrocytoma has tentacles that may invade your surrounding tissue. This gives a butterfly-like pattern through the white matter of your cerebral hemispheres. Anaplastic astrocytoma may invade the dura (a membrane covering your brain), or it may spread by means of the spinal fluid through the ventricles of your brain. It is rare for an anaplastic astrocytoma to spread (metastasize) outside of your brain and spinal cord.
Anaplastic astrocytoma is marked by rapid growth. Many times, it spreads into areas of your brain that are nearby. Because of this, it is extremely difficult to remove all of the tumor, and it often comes back (recurs).
Anaplastic astrocytoma may begin as a grade III tumor, or it can be a recurrence of a lower-grade, grade II astrocytoma that has already been treated. Anaplastic astrocytoma accounts for about 4% of all primary brain tumors that are diagnosed in the United States.
Although anaplastic astrocytoma can develop at any age, it occurs most often in men and women who are in their 30s to 50s. Anaplastic astrocytoma is more common in men than in women.
The signs and symptoms of an anaplastic astrocytoma depend on where the tumor is located in your brain. Some of the common signs and symptoms include:
Personality or mental changes
Headaches that are worse in the morning but get better through the day
Vomiting and nausea
Weakness and other motor dysfunction.
You or a loved one may have an anaplastic astrocytoma. Anaplastic astrocytoma and/or complications that have resulted from this condition may have led to your disability and not being able to work.
Your may need help if this is the case. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may have decided to apply for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by anaplastic astrocytoma and/or complications that have resulted from this condition. You or your loved one may have already taken this step and been turned down by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one intends on reapplying or appealing the denial, here is something important for you to think about. People who have a disability lawyer in their corner like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.