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Brain Tumour warning symptoms

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:

  • Headaches: repeated episodes of severe headache are the major symptoms of a brain tumour, but such headaches may differ from other headaches.
  • Vision loss or affected eyesight: many times brain tumours directly affect eyesight and the patient may experience blurred or dark vision.
  • Behavioural changes: as with the presence of a brain tumour the brain function is directly at stake, the entire body functioning, speech, body balance, memory, thinking ability, and other behavioural patterns are supposed to be affected. Not being able to memorise things, forgetfulness, inability to balance, etc. are some of the symptoms in this category.

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:

  • headaches with repeated episodes of vomiting.
  • Some patients may faint with such headaches.
  • Headaches with nausea and vomiting.
  • Morning headaches.
  • Some patients experience vision loss for a few moments with the occurrence of such headaches.
  • Some patients suffer severe and unbearable headaches.

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.

Dr. Sunil Singla, Director and Head of the Department


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