Duration of Treatmentusually takes 3 to 4 hours.
Days of Stayusually 7 days at the hospital and 20 days outside the hospital.
What is Brain Cancer?
A brain tumour is an abnormal cells growth of tissue in the brain. Doctors refer to a tumour based on where the tumour cells originated, and whether they are cancerous (malignant) or not (benign). And not all brain tumours are cancer.
There are many types of brain cancer -
- Choroid plexus carcinoma
- Embryonal tumours
Brain Cancer signs and symptoms include:
- Vision issues
- Changes in personality
- Short-term memory loss
- Poor coordination
- Speech difficulties
- Hearing problems
Brain Cancer risk factor includes:
- Age & Gender
- Family history
- Exposure to infections
- Electromagnetic fields.
- Head injury and seizures.
- Neurofibromatosis type 1 & 2
- The patient is required to go for PSC ( Pre-surgery check-up ) to do some blood test, ECG and ECH for Cardiac check-up and urine tests to know he /she is fit for surgery or not.
- Before the operation, you’ll be asked to sign a consent form, which gives the surgeon permission to carry out the treatment.
- The doctor should be informed about any medication that the patient may be taking.
- The patient is admitted to the hospital on same days before the procedures and advised to remain empty stomach/Fasting.
- Thinners medicines have to stop before ten days of surgery.
To identify the diagnosis doctor advised to go for complete evolution - usually, blood investigation, Biopsy, X-ray, ultrasound, (CT) scans, magnetic resonance, (MRI) imaging or PET scan.
Brain cancer treatment is followed by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or all of them.
- Surgery. The main aim of surgery is to remove as much as a brain tumour, After surgery, some patient need drain fluid from brain (hydrocephalus) to relief from this symptom and some may need a temporary drain (shunt) placed at the surgical area.
- Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy helps to surgery and radiation therapy to help control the tumour size. And also helps the patients to stop the recurrence of brain cancer.
- Radiation therapy. Radiation can be given after surgery to help in destroy tumour cells or delay tumour growth., there are some types of Radiation therapy uses intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to kill cancer.
- Cyberknife - The CyberKnife is an advanced technology (stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) or stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) who delivers multiple beams of x-rays using a robotic arm to destroy tumours. Radiosurgery is non-invasive – there is no cutting involved. CyberKnife treatments are can be given in one session or for several days.
- Gamma knife - Gamma Knife treatment is Radiosurgery used to deliver a highly-defined target within the brain to shrink a tumour. The Gamma Knife is a frame to hold the head in place and provide a reference point for targeted radiosurgery. It is extremely accurate and non-invasive (no cutting). It does take few minutes in procedures.
All brain tumour patients need Continuous follow-up care, Rehabilitation, Supportive care/ Palliative care.
The success rate depends on the type of a tumour and stage. Surgery is usually the best option for a brain tumour and success rate is very high at an early stage.
faqs from doctor
- Are you a board-certified surgeon?
- Does your hospital certify to perform these types of surgery?
- Am I a good patient for you to this procedure?
- Let me know success rates and how long time will take for recovery?
- Where is my brain cancer located?
- What’s the size of my brain tumour?
- How aggressive is my brain tumour?
- What are the risk factors for my treatment?
- What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
- How will a long time take this surgery?
- How long I have to say in the hospital and outside the hospital?
- What are the risk factors for this type of surgery?
- How long will it take to recover?
- When can I go for normal activities, including exercise?
- Do I have a scar or other permanent effects from the surgery?
- Do I need to go to another surgery in the future?
- Do I need any follow-up appointments or tests after my surgery?
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