Understanding brain tumor. Narayana Health

It is very important that you know the vital information related to brain tumor so that you can help people who are showing symptoms of brain tumor. Persistent or late onset headache (after age 50), vomiting, sudden blurred vision, frequently changing headache symptoms, double vision, loss of sensation in any part of the body Feeling weak and unbalanced when standing and walking are some of the symptoms for which you should see a doctor. To better understand brain tumor, you must first have some knowledge of tumor.

There is an overgrowth of tumor cells. These tumors can be malignant and can occur in any part of the body. From the name itself, it is known that brain tumor is a tumor that occurs in the brain. There are two types of brain tumors: primary or secondary. Primary brain tumors are tumors that originate in the brain. On the other hand, secondary brain tumors are tumors that reach the brain from another organ. Secondary brain tumors are more common than primary brain tumors. In fact, 40% of malignant tumors reach the brain from other parts of the body.

Tumors of the brain and central nervous system are the second most common childhood cancer, accounting for approximately 26% of childhood cancers. However, most brain tumors are not fatal. In fact, only a third of all brain tumor cases are fatal. Exposure to ionizing radiation and a family history of brain tumors increase the risk of brain tumors. It is very important to detect it at an early stage for a better chance of treatment.

Most brain tumors are diagnosed with a CT scan or MRI. Once diagnosed, treatment can be done in a number of ways. Treatment depends on whether the brain tumor is primary or secondary. Low grade astrocytoma, ganglioglioma, meningioma, schwannoma, epidermoid etc. are some of the brain tumors that can be completely cured by neuronavigation, microneurosurgery, skull base surgery, endoscopic neurosurgery, gamma knife, radiosurgery and radiotherapy. So early diagnosis is very important and early diagnosis is only possible if people are aware of a brain tumor and its symptoms. In this context, World Brain Tumor Day is of great importance every year.

The above important information is about brain disease and its treatment, which is very important for all people to understand. As a neurologist, I urge all readers to adopt a lifestyle that helps keep not only your body healthy, but also your mind. While there are many things that are important to maintain better brain health, you should at least keep these things in mind:

  1. Exercise regularly.
  2. Consume brain-healthy foods like leafy green vegetables, walnuts, etc.
  3. Avoid smoking and alcohol.
  4. Try to be mentally active.
  5. Implement stress avoidance in your life.

Dr. HP Sinha | Senior Consultant – Neurology | NH MMI Narayana Super Specialty Hospital, Raipur

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