May is National Brain Cancer and Brain Tumor Awareness Month. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, about 80,000 brain tumors are found each year. Of those, about 3 out of 10 are malignant. You can get a brain tumor at any age, but the median age is 59.
Types of Tumors and Treatment Options
Survival rates depend on the type of brain tumor found. Meningioma is the most common form of brain tumor. Meningiomas are usually benign and are located in the covering of the brain or spinal cord. They're most common in women and are usually surgically removed or treated with radiation.
A glioma is a tumor that is found in the supportive brain tissue. Treatments depend on the type of glioma and can include surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
When news hit that Senator John McCain had brain cancer, glioblastoma was named as the type of tumor. These tumors are found in the supportive tissue. They're the third most common type of brain tumor and also the hardest to fight. The cancerous cells grow quickly. Doctors will relieve pressure on the brain first and then surgically remove as much of the tumor as possible Radiation and chemo may help slow the tumor's growth.
Symptoms of the Three Most Common Brain Tumors
Meningiomas grow slowly. When they do start to affect the health, two of the common symptoms are headaches and numbness in the arms and/or legs. Vision may worsen, and seizures are possible.
The symptoms of gliomas vary greatly and depend on the type of glioma and where it is located. An optic glioma will press on the optic nerve and cause vision difficulties. An astrocytoma is more likely to start with headaches, behavioral changes, memory issues, and seizures. Key symptoms of mixed gliomas are headache and nausea.
For a glioblastoma, headaches, sleepiness, and vomiting/nausea are the most common symptoms. As the tumor grows and presses on other areas of the brain, seizures may occur.
Medical Care and Treatments Are Important
No matter what kind of brain tumor is found, medical care is important. If your parent is diagnosed with a brain tumor, help with meal preparation, transportation, and household chores may be needed for a few weeks. If you can't take enough time off work, elderly care services can help.
Caregivers can escort your mom or dad to appointments with the team of doctors. They can cook meals and shop for ingredients. They can make sure your parent takes medications each day. To learn more, call us today.
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