What are the treatments for the condition?
Medicines may be used to reduce swelling around the tumor. These include corticosteroids, such as dexamethasone. Furosemide or mannitol may also be used. A craniotomy, or brain surgery, is usually done to reduce intracranial pressure.
It is also used to make the correct diagnosis. A craniotomy is especially important in the case of noncancerous brain tumors.
These usually do not respond to radiation therapy and
chemotherapy. It is best to remove them completely.
Cancerous brain tumors are generally removed with a craniotomy. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy after surgery will help increase the
person's chance of survival.
occupational therapy, and
therapy may be helpful to improve or correct function after the
tumor has been treated.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
The side effects of steroids, such as weight gain and increased risk of
infection, may occur with a long period of treatment. Radiation
therapy will usually produce some hair loss. Chemotherapy can cause
vomiting, and a low red blood cell count, or
What happens after treatment for the condition?
A person's progress depends on the area
of the brain that was affected by the tumor and the treatment used. Some people
have ongoing disabilities. These may include impaired speech, as well as
cognition and mobility
impairments. Others recover completely.
How is the condition monitored?
The healthcare provider may order periodic cranial CT scans or cranial MRIs to watch for further problems. Any new or
worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.