Brain Tumor Diagnosis/Condition Overview:
What is a brain tumor?
A Brain Tumor is an uncontrolled growth of cells that appear in the brain. These can include tumors that have started in the brain or can be tumors that have started in a different part of the body and have metastasized (traveled) to a different part of the body. In some instances these tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) and only need periodical supervision, while some tumors can be malignant and need further treatment.
Symptoms can vary, depending on the tumor’s size, location and growth rate.
Signs and symptoms may include:
-New onset or change in pattern of headaches
-Gradually worsening headaches
-Nausea and/or vomiting
-Vision problems including: blurred vision, double vision or peripheral vision loss
-Gradual sensation loss or movement in an arm or a leg
-Difficulty with balance, speech, and hearing
-Personality or behavior changes
Treatments may vary depending on the location, size, and severity of the brain tumor. Most commonly in malignant tumors, a craniotomy can be done to partially or fully remove the tumor.
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