Failure to timely and correctly diagnose a brain tumor can have devastating consequences for the patient. While symptoms of a brain tumor may vary among patients, proper diagnostic tests can usually indicate the presence of a tumor in the brain. These symptoms can include severe headaches, blurred vision, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, nausea, vomiting, and slurred speech.
Diagnostic tests that may detect the presence of a brain tumor include CT scan, MRI, PET scan, EEG, spinal tap, biopsy, skull X-ray, angiogram, and a myelogram.
Brain cancer can be treated depending upon the size, location, and advancement of the cancer. Other factors that affect brain cancer treatment include the age and overall health of the patient being treated.
As in the treatment of any other cancer, early diagnosis and proper treatment is key to any successful outcome.