A brain tumor refers to all aberrant cell development, whether cancerous and non-cancerous. They also include lesions discovered in the spinal cord. These are most found in the brain, although they can also spread through connective tissue such as blood or lymph. Increased headaches, hazy vision, loss of balance, confusion, and seizures are the most common symptoms. A few examples of asymptomatic tumors have also been reported.
The cancerous component of the brain tumor is surgically removed, either by microsurgery or craniotomy. If some tissues remain after surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of the two is used to eliminate the cancer cells and prevent recurrence. For the management of symptoms and brain functioning, post-treatment palliative care is essential.
A neurologist, neurosurgeon, head and neck surgeon, and oncologist are the best doctors to see if you have a brain tumor.
Imaging tests such as CT scans, MRIs, and PET scans can accurately diagnose brain tumors. However, in a few circumstances, a brain biopsy may be required to determine the type of malignant tumor.
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