What is the diagnosis of the actress?
Little is known about the state of Anastasia Zavorotnyuk. The actress’s family categorically does not want to comment on her current treatment.
A number of media reported that the artist and the young mother were discharged from the clinic and now she is undergoing rehabilitation at home. Whether this is a good sign or not is not very clear either – oncologists just shrug, because glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain cancer, with good therapy and a good combination of circumstances, patients live for another two to five years. The family does not give up and believes in a positive outcome, because little Mila needs her mother so much. Fans are also confident that the actress will get better.
Despite the fact that Anastasia herself also did not comment on her diagnosis, it became known from her acquaintances that the actress complained of regular headaches and even periodically lost consciousness. But she attributed these alarming symptoms to banal fatigue. And really, who among us has not experienced headaches? There can be a lot of reasons: temperature drops, low atmospheric pressure, fatigue, bouts of pain from emotional and physical overstrain (tension headache).
By the way, another celebrity experienced a similar development of events. In early 2014, fans were shocked by the news that doctors discovered a brain tumor in singer Zhanna Friske. And it all started with a banal headache that began with the star almost immediately after the birth of her first child. The pain accompanied the performer from the middle of 2013, and only after the malaise practically subdued the life of the artist, who felt very tired and periodically lost consciousness, she decided to seek help from specialists. The diagnosis sounded like a bolt from the blue: an inoperable brain tumor (glioblastoma, the most common primary brain tumor).
Patients in whom the disease was detected at an early stage are treated with neurosurgical treatment (removal of the tumor by surgery), radiation therapy with the use of chemotherapy drugs and maintenance chemotherapy. Unfortunately, in the case of Zhanna Friske, who since the beginning of 2014 has been undergoing treatment in a New York clinic, where terrible seizures have become more frequent, it was not possible to perform the operation. In the summer of the same year, after a long course of chemotherapy, the doctors decided to complete the singer’s course of treatment and sent her to the Baltic States for rehabilitation, where she celebrated her 40th birthday. But, it would seem, after the visible improvements, the miracle did not happen and in the summer of 2015 the celebrity was gone.
“Patients come to me with headaches. Often it is associated with spasms of blood vessels and pinching of the cervical vertebrae. Now almost every person working at a computer, laptop has osteochondrosis. Pinching of the cervical vertebrae can respond with a headache every day. I had a patient – a trucker – he had a terrible headache. The cause was precisely thoracic osteochondrosis, which turned into hernias. And if at first there were two protrusions, then a year later, while he hesitated with the operation, there were seven of them. Now he lives with pins in his neck.
Of course, a headache can be caused by a change in the weather or stress at work. I remove such a syndrome with my hands. Someone is taking pills. But if the pain does not go away, the doctor will refer you to an ultrasound of the vessels of the brain. This analysis shows the slightest disturbance in the work of cerebral circulation. Including neoplasms in tissues.
And I’ll add from experience that our people would be healthier and avoid many diagnoses if they underwent regular medical examinations. Alas, a very small percentage of citizens do this. With the exception of athletes, and those who work in production, where this is an annual mandatory procedure. If we checked our health every six months, a year, the situation would be much better.”
The complexity of diagnosing brain cancer arises from the fact that the disease may not make itself felt for a long time. Often, the patient first appears benign formations in the brain – gliomas. They may not show themselves for several years. And since few people do MRI, ultrasound of the vessels of the brain for prevention, they don’t know anything about neoplasms. If a glioma develops into a glioblastoma (that is, the formation becomes malignant), a person can no longer ignore the symptoms. The disease progresses rapidly and in six months the situation may worsen so much that an urgent operation is required.
According to oncologist Andrey Pylev, the symptoms experienced by patients with glioblastoma can be divided into two groups: general cerebral symptoms and focal ones.
So, alarm bells can be:
- Increased intracranial pressure. When headaches are accompanied by nausea and vomiting. And the pain syndrome is not removed by pills.
- Weakness, movement disorders. If you suddenly begin to lose balance, faint, feel problems with coordination (one part of the body does not obey the other) – do not delay with the examination.
- Sudden vision and hearing problems. The tumor, if present, will eventually affect the fibers that conduct visual impulses. This will affect vision: photosensitivity, the effect of splitting the picture, and pain will appear. Hearing may also be significantly impaired.
- Irritability, forgetfulness. If a person constantly experiences discomfort, headaches and does not understand what is happening to him, irritability inevitably arises. Relatives are the first to notice the changed character of the household. Also, the patient may experience memory lapses, forgetfulness, absent-mindedness.
These symptoms may indicate a violation of brain activity, which means that you should not postpone going to the doctor in order to exclude some serious diseases and start treatment on time.
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