On World Brain Tumour Day, let us raise awareness and educate ourselves to fade out the myths and misconceptions about brain tumours.**
Brain tumours are the 10th foremost cause of death, accounting for 85% to 90% of all primary central nervous system (CNS) tumours.
What is a Brain Tumour?^^
A brain tumour is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in one's brain.
Tumours may start in the brain, or it may be a metastasis from other organs. These may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of a brain tumour vary greatly depending on the size, location, and growth rate.
The most common ones are:
1. A frequent and severe pattern of headaches
2. Unexplained nausea or vomiting
3. Gradual sensation loss in an arm or a leg
4. Difficulty in body balance, speech, hearing
5. New onset of seizures/convulsions
6. Personality or behaviour changes
The final diagnosis is made by CT scans or MRI, followed by biopsies. There are some tumour markers to detect certain tumours.
It depends on the character of the tumour; there are various ways of surgical excision, stereotactic radiosurgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy & some targeted drug therapies. In addition, proper follow-up care and rehabilitation therapy are essential for the best outcome and timely management of recurrence.
Are these dangerous? ...Always?***
Diagnosis of a brain tumour does not always mean an inferior outcome. Doctors say, many are benign and can be cured entirely by complete surgical removal. In many cases of malignant tumours also, long-term survival is possible with accurate surgery and other management.
Fight it back! Together We Are Stronger!
"The content above is meant for knowledge sharing purposes only and not intended to replace medical advice of qualified practitioners. All the above-mentioned information is indicative; however, kindly consult your doctor."