Brain tumors are a serious subject. Dr. Andrew Little, Neurosurgeon at Barrow Brain and Spine will walk us through how to handle a brain tumor diagnosis.
Q: How are brain tumors diagnosed?
A: Most people visit their primary care doctor with a list of symptoms. The symptoms of a brain tumor depend on tumor size, type, and location. Symptoms may be caused when a tumor presses on a nerve or harms a part of the brain. Also, they may be caused when a tumor blocks the fluid that flows through and around the brain, or when the brain swells because of the buildup of fluid.
Q: What are the most common symptoms of brain tumors?
A: Symptoms can vary depending on what type of tumor it is. They range from:
Most often, these symptoms are not due to a brain tumor. Another health problem could cause them. If you have any of these symptoms, you should tell your doctor so that problems can be diagnosed and treated.
If you have symptoms that suggest a brain tumor, your doctor will give you a physical exam and ask about your personal and family health history. You may have one or more of the following tests:
Q: What kind of treatment options are out there for brain tumors?
A: There are several treatment options for brain tumors. The options are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Many people get a combination of treatments. The choice of treatment depends mainly on the following:
Q: Why type of doctor treats brain tumors?
A: Helping patients with brain tumor requires a team. The leader of the team is usually a neurosurgeon. Depending on the tumor type, other team members include an oncologist, radiation oncologist and endocrinologist.
Q: What kinds of things should I ask my doctor when I am diagnosed with a brain tumor?
A: Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor:
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