Brain Tumors
Medical x-ray illustration of a brain tumor - brain cancer

What is Brain Tumor?

It is a growth of abnormal cells within the brain that may be cancerous or non-cancerous. Brain tumors produce symptoms by compression of adjacent tissues or by the infiltrative spread. Many of the symptoms are caused by the expansion of tumors within a fixed bony vault. The nature and severity of these symptoms depend upon the location of the tumor and the rate of its growth. Masses greater than 3 cms in diameter compress the brain and its blood supply.

Clinical Features

1. Headache.
2. Vomiting.
3. Dizziness.
4. Disturbance of vis’ion.
5. Poor coordination, decreased memory.
6. Weakness of one side of the body.
7. Mental changes and personality changes.
8. Convulsions.
9. Changes in the pupils.

Management

A hospital consists of surgery, radiotherapy or a combination of both.