Treating the Complications of Brain Tumors

New Guidelines for Treating the Complications of Brain Tumors. What are the possible side effects?

Any tumor for that matter sounds scary! Cancer is a dreadful disease which can be treated depending on the health condition, type of cancer, location of the cancer and size of the tumor. Cancer is a chronic illness which can attack anyone at any age at any place. Cancer is the occurrence of abnormal growth of cells that multiplies drastically. Hence, to reduce the risk of cancer it is advised to follow a healthy lifestyle. 

Brain tumor is the development of cancerous cells in the brain leading to death of the patient if not addressed at the right time. The common treatment universally used for brain cancer is brain tumor surgery called craniotomy to remove the tumors from the brain and replace the skull using the patient’s own bone. 

What is a Brain tumor?

A brain tumor is the growth of abnormal cells in the brain. A tumor can be bening (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous). A skull in the brain is rigid which restricts any space to treat causing problems in that area. The cancer causes pressure in the brain which may lead to brain damage. A brain tumor is a life-threatening disease. 

A brain tumor are of two types:

  1. Primary brain tumor is when the tumor cells develop in the brain.
  2. Secondary brain tumor is when the cancerous cells spread to the brain from lung or breast area. 

Brain surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy can be used in combination or standalone in treating brain tumors. The brain surgery cost in India ranges between 4,50,000 INR to 7,50,000 INR in private institutions depending on the type of room at the hospital, type of surgery opted, all the diagnosis performed and other facilities seeked at the hospital. 

Complications of brain tumor:

As mentioned above, brain tumors can be treated with the help of several treatment options available namely surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and combination of these treatments. Some complications that may occur due to brain tumor treatment are as follows:

  • Skin irritation
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling of the brain
  • Nausea
  • Hearing problem
  • Vomiting 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Memory of speech problem 
  • Cognitive problems 
  • Seizures
  • Relapse of the brain tumor 

However, these complications can be eased with the help of a few drugs prescribed by your oncologist. Did you know? May month is dedicated as the brain tumor awareness month. This month is dedicated to empower, support and amplify the voice of the brain tumor community. 

New Guidelines for Treating the Complications of Brain Tumors:

According to brain tumor surgeon, a variety of different types of tumours may affect the brain, resulting in severe complications such as epileptic seizures, brain edema, hemorrhage, or thrombosis. Unfortunately, there have been no common treatments and diagnosis available in curing or treating these symptoms. 

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However, the good news is that an International Team Of Expert Researchers from leading oncologist societies European Society for Medical Oncology and European Association of Neuro-Oncology have formulated new guidelines for treating the complications of the brain tumor which are now published in Annals of Oncology-a top journal. 

Overview:

According to the cancer statistics, every year globally about 18 million people develop cancer and up to every second individual develops advanced cancer in the brain through breast, lung and skin cancer. This is quite a number of people and very sad to hear. But the fact remains. Hence, the two large oncologists groups have united to form standard guidelines. 

Brain tumor is a chronic illness which is life-threatening. Having said this, a research study has been developed with the help of algorithms and various illustrations to ensure that patients all across the world receive high-quality care and brain tumor removal treatment for the risks associated with brain tumors. Questions that are crucial and need answers such as “How to edema” or “What needs to be done at the event of brain epilepsy or cognitive impairment?” have been addressed by these expert researchers. 

The new guidelines that have been formulated will provide uniform standard treatment all across the world leading to significant safety of the brain tumor patient and also mitigate brain tumor radiation side effects for betterment of the patient. 

Conclusion:

New guidelines formulated by the expert researchers around the globe will help provide uniform treatment to brain cancer patients for their safety. A standard procedure will be followed by all the oncologists worldwide leading to significant safety of the brain tumor patient.  

Brain tumor treatment cost in India ranges between USD 5000 to USD 7200. The treatment cost depends on several factors. Brain tumor radiation success rate is 83 in 69% brain tumor patients.  

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