Brain tumor symptoms include a change in headache patterns, more severe or frequent headaches, unexplained nausea or vomiting, and vision problems, according to Mayo Clinic. Other symptoms include a loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg over time and difficulty with balance, speech or hearing.Continue Reading
Brain tumors are classified as either primary or secondary. Primary brain tumors begin when normal cells in the brain, or tissue that is in close proximity to it, mutate and divide at abnormal rates when normal cells would ordinarily die. The result is the formation of tumors. Primary tumors take many forms, including glipmas, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, pituitary adenomas and medulloblastomas. Secondary tumors occur as the result of cancer that spreads to the brain from other parts of the body.
Diagnosing a brain tumor generally begins with the treating physician learning about the patient’s symptoms, conducting a full medical examination and taking a family history, explains WebMD. If the physician suspects a brain tumor, he may order imaging tests, such as a CAT scan, an MRI, an angiogram or an MRA to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment of a brain tumor depends on the scope, severity and location of the tumor, but surgery is usually the primary option, notes WebMD. In some circumstances, surgical removal is not an option, and other treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, may be used.Learn more about Cancer