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Brain Cancer Basics disclaimer

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A diagnosis of a primary brain tumor is often very frightening to the patient and to the family. Symptoms of such a tumor might be headaches, nausea, changes in speech or in balance. There may also be changes in personality and mood as well as memory. Sometimes there may be seizure activity which prompts the patient to undergo further testing after being examined by a physician.

The diagnosis is often made with either a CT scan or an MRI scan. If the diagnosis is strongly suspected, referral to a neurologist and/or neurosurgeon is probable. The next step would be a biopsy of the area, either by an open operation done by a neurosurgeon or by means of a 3-dimensional guided (stereotactic) biopsy in order to establish the diagnosis.

Treatment options after the appropriate surgery would include a multidisciplinary approach as it does with other solid tumors. The important factors that we would be evaluating would be the type and grade of the tumor, its location and its size, as well as any other co-existing conditions or other health problems.

Targeted therapies can now be added to chemotherapy and radiation as primary treatment with results that are better than those that were obtained in prior years. Wherever possible, our team will reach out to confer and consult with Neurosurgery, Radiation Surgery, Pain Management, as well as Neurology, to obtain the best result possible.

Valuable Brain Cancer Resources

The National Cancer Institute information for patients about
brain cancer

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The National Library of Medicine
X-Plain teaching module for patients about brain cancer

The National Brain Tumor Society website


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