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Hydrocephalus: also known as "water in the brain," is a medical condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles, or cavities, of the brain. This may cause increased intracranial pressure inside the skull and progressive enlargement of the head, convulsion, tunnel vision, and mental disability. Hydrocephalus can also cause death.

Shunting is the most common treatment for anyone with hydrocephalus (excess fluid buildup in the ventricles of the brain). Hydrocephalus shunting involves the implantation of two catheters and flow control valve system to drain the excess accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the brain’s ventricles (or the lumbar subarachnoid space) to another part of the body where it can be absorbed... Another good publication for those learning about Hydrocephalus from square one!

Treatment of Brain Aneurysms

Stereotactic neurosurgical treatment options for #craniopharyngioma. Published online: 14 May 2012. Read more:

If you think of the brain as a central computer that controls all bodily functions, then the nervous system is like a network that relays messages back and forth from the brain to different parts of the body. It does this via the spinal cord, which runs from the brain down through the back and contains threadlike nerves that branch out to every organ and body part. (

New Research Will Help Detect #OvarianCancer Earlier, Aid In Personalized Treatment (Medical Daily, Aug 9, 2014)

Truly Inspiring: Izaac Delgado's story. Izaac was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma in May 2011. He had one surgery to drain the tumor and insert an Ommaya Catheter, and received proton beam therapy.

Researchers Discover New Hormone Receptors to Target When Treating Breast Cancer: The researchers showed that treatment of #breastcancer cells with hormones that activate vitamin D and testosterone receptors reduced the growth of cancer cells. In addition, these hormones increased the efficacy of standard chemotherapy (read inside) (posted 6 March 2014, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine)

A diagrammatic vertical section through the brain showing the location of the ventricles and the direction of flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF is formed by the choroid plexuses (CP), mainly in the lateral ventricles, and drains into the blood via the arachnoid villi and the spinal nerve roots

Your nervous system is an extensive network that channels nerve impulses from your brain to virtually every cell that makes up your body. This chart shows some of the integral relationships between the spine, nervous system and the body.

Awareness for Rare Diesase Day (rare disorders without borders). In this photo is Olivia. She has Urticaria Pigmentosa, a form of Mastocytosis which is a Mast Cell disease. (via www.rarediseaseda... )

  • Ieva Bali

    Hello, ladies. I checked for mastomoms on Facebook and it shows that the group is closed. Does anyone know of any other helpful links/support groups?

  • Lockie (Sanchez) Grace

    Closed? Really? Did you send a request?

  • Ieva Bali

    Apparently I had typed it in as one word. :)) thank you for getting back; I now joined the group so off to start reading!

  • Nikki Kiss

    This is amazing! Im also on masto moms on fb, my son is 1.5 with up.

  • Ieva Bali

    Hi Nikki! this IS amazing. I'm so glad to have found that group and you, ladies. It's so good to know that someone is out there fighting the same battle and keeping strong!

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[Book] Late Effects of Treatment for Brain Tumors (Springer). Read some of the pages online here.