A Brain Tumor is an abnormal growth caused by cells dividing in an uncontrolled Manner.
Although this may sound a lot, brain tumors are rare. So usually your symptoms will not be due to a brain tumor. However, it is important to be aware of the symptoms, so you can go to your doctor if you are concerned.
A tumors are graded 1-4 according to their behaviour, such as the speed at which they are growing. Grades 1 and 2 are low-grade, slow-growing and sometimes referred to as benign; grades 3 and 4 are high-grade, fast-growing and often referred to as malignant.
Benign brain tumours can be a serious problem. However, if patient is not diagnosed and treated earlier, as it can cause harm by pressing on and damaging nearby areas of the brain.
What are the Symptoms of Brain Tumor?
The term ‘symptom’ means any physical or mental sensation or change in bodily function that is associated with a disorder or disease. Raised intracranial pressure (ICP) is the build-up of pressure inside the skull. The build-up can be fast or slow. Sometimes it is referred to as intracranial hypertension. (Intracranial means inside the cranium (skull); and hypertension means increased pressure.)
This can lead to the following symptoms:
- Changes in vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Confusion and irritability
- Loss of consciousness (eventually)
How is a Brain Tumour Diagnosed?
If it’s suspected that the person have a brain tumor, then doctor may recommend a number of tests and procedures, including:
- A neurological exam
- Imaging tests.
- Tests to find cancer in other parts of the body
- Collecting and testing a sample of abnormal tissue (biopsy).
Treatment for a brain tumor depends on the type, size and location of the tumor, as well as body overall health and the preferences.