It can be difficult for people struggling with neurological health issues or brain tumors, to understand or know what is wrong before the diagnosis. It can seem like some invisible force is causing pain and health problems. While a general physician may be able to identify the type of issue, he or she may not have the expertise to treat it. As Board Certified Neurosurgeons, we have the skills and expertise for brain tumor treatment at the Brain and Spine Neuroscience Institute.
Similar to other neurological issues, brain tumor treatment drastically varies with the severity of the tumor. With multiple forms of tumors in the world, there is no single form of treatment. For instance, some tumors grow quickly while others grow more slowly. There are multiple factors that we need to review before developing brain tumor treatment, including:
- If the tumor is placing pressure on vital areas of the brain
- The size, grade and type of the tumor
- If the tumor has spread throughout the body
- Any side effects from the tumor
Causes and symptoms of brain tumors
While there are numerous conditions that can cause brain tumors, primary brain tumors begin to form when the DNA of the cells mutate and begin to divide at an increased rate. This results in a large amount of cells that form a mass that is a tumor. Secondary brain tumors form when cancer starts somewhere else in the body and spreads to the brain.
Since there are so many types of brain tumors in existence, the symptoms will most likely be different for each individual. Other symptoms can include:
- Chronic headaches
- Unexplained nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
- Difficulty with hearing, speech and balance
- Changes in personality or behavior
- Unexplained seizures
- Confusion throughout the day
- Loss of sensation or movement in an arm and leg
Depending on the size, stage, location and growth of the tumor, the patient may experience different levels of pain with these symptoms. The important step is seeking treatment from specialized professionals who can identify the cause of the symptoms and provide effective methods.
Possible treatment and rehabilitation
If our team can reach the area of the brain tumor, then we will recommend surgery. Depending on the type and size of tumor, we will attempt to remove all of it. We will go over all steps of the surgical procedure with the patient before-hand and the weeks following the procedure. We will answer all questions the patient has to ensure there is no confusion on any single part of the treatment process.
While there are other treatment options, such as chemotherapy and targeted drug therapy, we will consider all options before recommending a specific treatment options. If it is possible to remove the entire tumor with little risk to the individual, then we will strongly recommend surgery. During surgery, the patient will be completely asleep and will not have to worry about feeling pain. If the tumor is near certain sensitive areas of the brain, then we will remove as much of the tumor as possible.
Since brain tumors can develop in areas of the brain that control motor skills, speech, thinking and vision, we may need to include rehabilitation in a patient’s treatment plan. There are several options for patients following a brain tumor surgery:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Specialized tutoring for younger patients
If the patient needs help regaining control of his or her motor skills and muscle strength, physical therapy is an effective option. Patients who need help adjusting back into a daily routine will benefit from occupational therapy. Speech pathologists can help patients struggling with speech through the use of speech therapy. Children may need a tutor who can help them cope with the changes in memory and the process of thinking after the surgery.
While there are other forms of alternative medicine to help patients cope with any lingering pain, not all solutions will work for specific individuals. Anyone who is interested in alternative treatments needs to speak with us first to understand the situation before making a decision.
If you or a loved one is in need of brain tumor treatment, give us a call to schedule an appointment. At the Brain and Spine Neuroscience Institute, we understand how frightening a brain tumor diagnosis can be and are here to provide the effective treatment to help patients. Begin the path to a healthier life by calling us today.
If you would like to learn more about brain-tumor-treatment and the various treatments we provide, call (813) 751-2029 to schedule a consultation.