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A seizure is the uncontrolled movement of muscles. It can happen when nerve cells in the brain become irritated, overexcited, or something puts pressure on them so they don’t work properly. Seizures usually last a few minutes or less, but they can be followed by sleepiness and confusion that can last for several hours or days.
Seizures in cancer patients can be caused by:
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