If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumour, it can be a frightening time for you and your family. You will be given a lot of information about various treatment options, which can be confusing and difficult to comprehend when you are in a state of shock.
We’ve tried to simplify various options in order for you to discuss them with your doctor.
Some of the symptoms of a brain tumour can be severe and have a huge impact on the daily lives of patients and their caregivers. However, symptoms can often be managed with the use of certain medications. Supportive care for people with a brain tumour includes:
- Drugs called corticosteroids. These are used to lower swelling in the brain, which can lessen pain from the swelling without the need for prescription pain medications.
- Anti seizure medicines. These help control seizures.
The removal of the tumour and some surrounding healthy tissue is what happens during an operation. It is usually the first treatment used for a brain tumour and is often the only treatment needed for a low-grade brain tumour. Removing the tumour can improve neurological symptoms, provide tissue for diagnosis, help make other brain tumour treatments more effective, and, in many instances, improve the prognosis of a person with a brain tumour
Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy x-rays to destroy tumour cells. Doctors may use radiation therapy to slow or stop the growth of the tumour. It is typically given after surgery and possibly along with chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy tumour cells, usually by ending the cancer cells’ ability to grow and divide.
Targeted therapy is a treatment that targets the tumour’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to a tumour’s growth and survival. This type of treatment blocks the growth and spread of tumour cells while limiting the damage to healthy cells.
Alternating electric field therapy
This type of treatment uses a noninvasive portable device that interferes with parts of a cell that are needed for the tumour cells to grow and spread. It is given by placing electrodes that produce an electric field on the outside of a person’s head.
If you are interested in discussing some treatment options, speak to The LOC who are top brain tumour specialists. They’re there to help you every step of the way.