Possible Ways How You Can Get Treated for a Brain Tumor

Brain Tumor is a severe health issue that is affecting thousands of people around the globe every year. Hearing the word “brain” makes people instantly assume that it is a life-threatening problem. This is because the brain has a crucial role in the central neural system and controls all the five senses in our body. But this assumption is wrong, as not all brain tumors are critical and life-threatening, and there are many different brain tumor treatments available. 

To know how to treat yourself if you have a brain tumor, you have to know all the different treatments available.

How is the tumor diagnosed?

Suppose you have two or more of the common symptoms of a brain tumor. In that case, the doctor will consider the possibility of a brain tumor, and you will be subjected to further diagnosis in that path before going for brain tumor treatment. Below are the common procedural ways in which you are going to be diagnosed.

  • Testing the senses: When a brain tumor is suspected, you will immediately be sent to a neurologist to get a complete neurological exam. The neurologist would usually try testing your five senses by checking your reflexes, whether or not you can see, hear and walk properly, etc. These simple tests can tell up to a certain level about which part of the brain is being affected.
  • MRI scan: The neurologist can only confirm the possibility of the tumor and give a brief idea about what is currently being affected. On the other side, an MRI scan can spot the exact location of the tumor. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is an outpatient procedure that usually takes 15 to 30 minutes. For the scan, you will be sent into a short cylinder that’s open at both ends. For a few cases, you will be given an injection of a dye before the scan for a better image of the tissues.

The results of the MRI scan show the exact location of the tumor. In addition, the traits of the tumor can also be analyzed to an extent through the MRI report.

  • Biopsy: Once the tumor is detected, a biopsy is done. This is a surgical procedure done to get a hand on the tumor for further diagnosis. It is an operation performed on the brain where the doctor takes out a sample of the tissue in the brain that is affected by the tumor. This sample is sent for testing to find out what kind of tumor it is. All types of brain tumors primarily fall into 3 categories:
  1. Benign brain tumors – These come under the general type of tumors that are caused due to abnormal cell growth. These tumors can be mild or severe, but in either case, they rest within the affected cells and do not spread further.
  1. Malignant primary brain tumors – These also come under the general type of tumors that are caused due to abnormal cell growth, but they are more active and in motion, unlike Benign brain tumors. They keep growing by affecting their neighboring healthy cells and tissues.

3. Metastatic tumors – These are secondary tumors that have started as cancer somewhere else in your body and have spread to your brain.

There are further different types of tumors in all the above 3 categories.

Possible Brain Tumor Treatments

Through the diagnosis procedures mentioned above, you can get full details about the tumor’s location, type, and size. The seriousness of your medical situation can thus be determined. Based on all these factors, along with your age and general health condition, you will be suggested one or two ways from the brain tumor treatments mentioned below.

  • Surgery: If the brain tumor did not spread too much, and if the location of the whole tumor or a part of it is diagnosed to be reachable through surgery with minimal to zero risk, then the first option is generally suggested as surgery. But remember that this is not always possible when the tumor is in tricky places or is closely stuck to critical tissues. Plus, carefully listen to all the potential risk factors that are associated with the surgical treatment. 
  • Radiation therapy: This is one of the most preferred options when you are diagnosed with a metastatic brain tumor. In the radiation therapy treatment, beams of high and intense energies are passed to the precise location where your brain tumor is located. These beams damage those affected cells and stop them from growing further. Traditionally X rays beams are used, but for children and some exceptional cases in adults, proton beams are also being used nowadays.
  •  Radiosurgery: This is similar to radiation therapy, but in radiosurgery, all the beams are passed in such a way that extremely high intensity of radiation reaches a small and specific place where the brain tumor is located. 
  • Chemotherapy: In this treatment, drugs are given orally or injected into your body to kill those particular cells in your brain that are affected by the tumor. This option is chosen depending on the type and seriousness of the brain tumor. 

Apart from these medical treatments, there are alternative, non-allopathic brain tumor treatments like yoga, eating the right food, acupuncture, etc. Depending on your body’s immune system, there’s a chance it might or might not work. When the tumor is tiny and not the multiplying type, these options can be given a shot, but none of them is guaranteed to work for everyone.

Conclusion

Getting diagnosed and then getting through all the medical procedures for one of the most delicate and complicated organs (i.e., the brain) is indeed complex and stressful for both the body and the mind. But with the latest medical facilities and the proper treatment, there is undoubtedly a lot of hope to get past this stage and move on with your life.

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