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Brain Cancer (cont.)

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What are brain cancer symptoms and signs?

Although there are few early warning signs, the most common signs and symptoms of brain cancer may include one or more of the following:

  • Difficulty walking and/or dizziness/vertigo
  • Seizures
  • Muscle weakness (for example, arm and leg weakness)
  • Headaches (persistent and/or severe)

Other common symptoms that can occur include

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • blurry vision,
  • a change in a person's alertness,
  • sleepiness,
  • mental capacity reduction and/or confusion,
  • memory problems,
  • changes in speech, such as difficulty speaking, impaired voice, or inability to speak,
  • personality changes,
  • hallucinations,
  • weakness on one side of the body,
  • coordination problems,
  • fatigue, and
  • pins and needles sensations and/or reduced sensation of touch.

These symptoms can also occur in people who do not have brain cancer, and none of these symptoms alone or in combination can predict that a person has brain cancer. Cancer can occur in any part of the brain (for example, occipital, frontal, parietal, or temporal lobes, brainstem, or meningeal membranes). A few brain cancers may produce few or no symptoms (for example, some meningeal and pituitary gland tumors).

What type of doctors treat brain cancer?

Usually, the patient's primary-care physician or pediatrician helps to coordinate the treatment team of doctors to individually treat the patient. The treatment team may consist of oncologists, neurologists, radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, and additional personnel like occupational and physical therapists and possibly speech therapists, depending upon the outcome of initial treatments. For patients who have terminal and/or inoperable brain cancer, hospice and other organizations may help the patient and their family and friends coordinate supportive care.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/25/2017


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