Non-Cancerous Benign Brain Tumors: Symptoms and Treatments
A benign brain tumor is a mass of cells that grow relatively slowly in the brain and is non-cancerous.
Around 4,300 people in the UK are diagnosed with benign brain tumors every year.
- Requires medical care and treatment
- Prevalent among men and women
- Can be serious if ignored or diagnosed late
- May need surgery
- The condition may not come back once removed
It is a condition of slow and eventual growth of a mass of cells in the brain. Usually, it does not spread. It can be graded from 1 to 4 depending on the speed of growth. Grade 4 may be cancerous and harmful. Benign tumors are mostly graded 1/2 tumors.
Ages affected: Can affect any age group, including children, but chances may increase with age
Self-diagnosable: Not all tumors have symptoms. Symptoms vary depending on the tumorâ€™s location. For example, if you do have a benign brain tumor, you may experience frequent headaches and even loss of vision.
People may experience:
Headaches Persistent and continuous headaches
Epileptic fits Seizures
Nausea Persistent nausea and vomiting
Weakness Paralysis, loss of vision, and weakness
Self-care: These are not dangerous if diagnosed and treated early. The treatment generally depends on the nature of tumors. A doctor should be immediately consulted in case of any symptoms.
Medications: Depending on the type of tumor, treatment is given. Many are surgically removed and donâ€™t come back once removed. Chemotherapy is seldom given. Medications are also given to reduce swelling.
Specialists: In case of any of the above-mentioned symptoms, contact your health-care provider. We, at mfine, can provide you with complete information, help, and support with our comprehensive health program.