Brain Tumor Treatment

The brain tumor is a mass of abnormal cells into your brain that hinders its activities. There are different types of brain tumors. Some are benign (noncancerous) and some are malignant (cancerous). Any symptoms like new headaches, vomiting, vision blur, numbness, difficulty in balance, confusion, and seizures, etc. The brain tumor can also cause brain stroke. The tumor can be detected using methods like neurological examination, which includes checking vision, hearing, balance, coordination, strength, and reflexes. Another method is through imaging tests; mostly MRI Scan is used but some specialist use Computerized Tomography (CT). Depending on the location, size, and type of the brain tumor the treatment is done. Also, the amount of pressure put by a tumor on the vital part of the brain, whether the tumor is spread to the other part of the CNS and body as well as patient’s overall health and preferences are considered to decide the treatment.

Treatments

  •       Supportive Care using medications:
    •       *    Corticosteroid is given that reduces the pain by decreasing the swelling in the brain.
    •       *    Anti-seizure medicine.
  •       Surgery: This involves surgical removal of the tumor from the brain. This complicated process requires a            greater level of precision.
  •       Radiation Therapy: There are different types of radiation therapy that can be used depending on the               condition of the tumor. These include conventional radiation therapy, 3D-CRT, IMRT, Proton Therapy, And           Fractionated Stereotactic Radiation therapy.
  •       Chemotherapy: In this, various drugs are used to kill the tumor cells usually by limiting their growth.
  •       Targeted Therapy: Other than standard chemotherapy this therapy targets the specific tumor genes,           proteins or the tissue environment that promote the growth of the tumor and its survival. It limits the           damage to healthy cells.