What Are the Early Warning Signs of a Brain Tumor?

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The early warning signs of a brain tumor can vary depending on the specific location of the mass and its growth rate, but potential signs can include visual disturbances, nausea and balance problems, explains Mayo Clinic. Individuals with brain tumors may also experience seizures and mental confusion.

Developing brain tumors can cause unusual symptoms, such as altered taste and smell, muscle weakness on one side of the body, hand tremors, headaches and drooping eyelids, explains MedlinePlus. Headaches associated with brain tumor development tend to occur during rest and worsen upon waking and with strenuous activities or behaviors such as exercising or coughing. Brain tumor-induced headaches may also be accompanied by vomiting and visual disturbances. Brain tumors that affect the pituitary gland may cause symptoms such as obesity, temperature sensitivities, nipple discharge and missed menstrual periods.

Treatment for brain tumors depends on the specific size and type of the mass as well as the patient’s specific tolerance for medications, according to the National Brain Tumor Society. Treatment options include medications to control seizures, surgery and steroid medications, as well as radiation and chemotherapy. Individuals with tumors that have the potential to grow rapidly may benefit from targeted therapy treatments in which specific parts of the cell are treated to hinder their growth.