People of our generation have been introduced to the concept of brain tumours either through Indian cinema or dramatic television series. The misconceptions associated with brain tumours are rife in a larger section. A brain tumour is basically a growth of abnormal cells (cancerous and non-cancerous) in any portion of the brain. With progression, they increase in size and need immediate intervention. There is a wide range of brain tumours which may require surgical intervention and some of them can be treated through medication as well. It is imperative to recognise their symptoms early and seek a timely resolution.
The symptoms of the brain tumour evolve with time as the accumulation of cells consistently puts pressure on the brain, some of the major symptoms are:
How brain tumour headaches are different from normal headaches?
Not all headaches can be identified as brain tumour symptoms. Although chronic headaches may be the symptoms of other mental and physical health issues, hence almost every headache needs assessment and clinical management. Headaches of brain tumours might have the following characteristics:
These headaches get severe with the progression of the tumour as it starts increasing in size and putting more pressure on the brain. Report as early as possible if experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above. Early detection is the key. With advancements, the management of brain tumours is getting better, and there are a number of recovered cases to be mentioned, but early detection sets the chances of a better recovery. Hence never ignore any symptom and seek medical help.
Director and Head of the Department
Neurosurgery & Spine Surgery