Neurological Services And Treatment Effectively Address Cancerous Brain Tumors

You may have been told that you have a cancerous tumor in your brain. You were previously diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a surgical procedure to remove the offending cancerous breast. With luck, some breast cancer patients are diagnosed early and no cancerous margins and nodes or metastasis follow. Cancer cells have a way of hiding beneath tissue though. Before you know it, those deadly cells may have spread to your skull and brain. They are on a mission to metastasize throughout your body. You will need neurological services and treatment for a cancerous brain tumor.

Metastasis of Tumors

The fact is that malignant brain tumors and cancers do spread from cancers of your breast and lung as well as blood cell cancers. Some brain tumors, in particular, start forming in your brain's supportive nerve cells. They furiously crowd out and cause your normal cells to become irrelevant. The tumors thereafter rampage to other locations inside your body. 

Tumors Destroy Tissues

The tumors pointedly go about destroying tissue due to the pressure they place on your brain. So be observant when you have compelling symptoms that you have no explanation for. Make an appointment with a neurologist. Diagnostics may need to be conducted to determine what may be the cause of your symptoms.

Symptoms Of Brain Tumor

  • Persistent and far-reaching headaches that often lasts for hours
  • Difficulty in walking with a steady gait or speaking normally 
  • Dizziness that occurs on and off
  • Nausea and sudden seizures
  • Elevation of blood pressure
  • Periods of total confusion and inability to clearly express your thoughts

Diagnostic Testing For Answers

Your neurologist will initially conduct a sensory neurological exam that covers your response to reflexes. Your mental status and whether your memory is functioning in a normal way are parts of the sensory exam. Imaging tests may be scheduled, which run the gamut from a CT scan to perhaps an MRI of your brain. These imaging tests point to where in your brain the tumor lies. A biopsy procedure will later identify what type of brain tumor you have and whether it is cancerous. Cells from a deeply embedded tumor must be drawn out with the use of a needle for identification.

Surgical Removal Of Brain Tumor

Surgical removal of your brain tumor is always a serious procedure. Some patients end up with partial paralysis following surgery. Be mindful that your tumor could damage your brain structures. Some tumors can be easily taken out without any damage to your brain. There are cases in which it's difficult to perform surgical removal of a tumor. Critical areas of your brain could be destroyed during a difficult case. After removing a cancerous brain tumor, you may still need to be administered appropriate treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation or stem cell transplantation.