An estimated 16,000 Americans are diagnosed with brain tumors every year. While some are benign (not malignant), many can be dangerous and are known to grow faster while being very aggressive. A brain tumor can be a stressful condition to deal with and requires prompt medical attention. To ensure that treatment for a tumor is as efficient as possible, learn how to identify the symptoms and seek medical attention quickly.
What to Look Out For
It’s important to understand that not all brain tumors exhibit symptoms. If they do, they’re often dependent on various factors, such as the individual, the tumor’s size and its location. Symptoms often include:
- Severe headaches
- Decreased coordination
- Vision problems
- Hearing impairment
- Difficulty speaking
- Behavioral changes
- Memory loss
- Changes in personality
Many symptoms attributed to brain tumors are often shared with other conditions, such as vertigo. Avoid the panic and undergo diagnostic testing to find out what is causing your symptoms to receive a definitive diagnosis.
The Right Treatment
Cancer in the brain interferes with natural brain and bodily functions and should be treated as soon as its symptoms are properly identified. The removal of benign and malignant tumors through surgery has proven to be highly efficient. Extended treatment may be needed for tumors rooted deeper into the brain’s tissue and the use of chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also benefit the patient.
At IGEA Brain & Spine, our neurosurgeons utilize treatment with our CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. This highly-precise tool helps our neurosurgeons deliver doses of radiation to specific brain tumors without the need for incisions. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, take advantage of our highly-advanced treatments. Contact our location in New Jersey for more information.