TREATING BENIGN BRAIN TUMORS
While it is a great relief to know your brain tumor is benign, it should still be treated as soon as possible. It will grow slowly and can cause damage to brain structures.
Symptoms of a Benign Brain Tumor
- New onset or change in pattern of headaches
- Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
- Headaches that are worse when you wake up in the morning
- Unexplained nausea or vomiting
- Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
- Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
- Difficulty with balance
- Speech difficulties
- Feeling very tired
- Confusion in everyday matters
- Difficulty making decisions
- Inability to follow simple commands
- Personality or behavior changes
- Seizures, especially in someone who doesn’t have a history of seizures
- Hearing problems
Common Types of Benign Brain Tumors
Meningioma – tumors that form in the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord
Pituitary Adenoma – tumors in the pituitary gland
Low Grade Brain Tumors – there are some tumors that arise in the brain that can be surgically resected, and monitored. These include:
- Pilocytic Astrocytoma
- Acoustic Neuroma/Schwannoma
Treatments for Benign Brain Tumors
Some benign brain tumors are followed with serial imaging to assess for growth or stability of the tumor.
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