A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in your brain. Some brain tumors grow slowly and may become quite large before causing symptoms. Other brain tumors may grow quickly and cause a sudden onset of symptoms.
What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?
The signs and symptoms of a brain tumor vary greatly and depend on the brain tumor's size, location and rate of growth.
Signs and symptoms of brain tumors may include:
New onset or change in the pattern of headaches
Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
Unexplained nausea or vomiting
Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
Difficulty with balance
Confusion in everyday matters
Personality or behavior changes
Seizures, especially in someone who doesn't have a history of seizures
How are brain tumors diagnosed?
If it's suspected that you have a brain tumor, your doctor may recommend a number of tests and procedures, including
Imaging test: MRI is commonly used to help diagnose brain tumors
Tests to find cancer in other parts of your body: If it's suspected that your brain tumor may be a result of cancer that has spread from another area of your body, your doctor may recommend tests and procedures to determine where cancer originated. One example might be a CT or PET scan to look for signs of lung cancer.
Biopsy: A biopsy can be performed as part of an operation to remove the brain tumor, or a biopsy can be performed using a needle. Sometimes, a stereotactic needle biopsy may be done for brain tumors in hard-to-reach areas or very sensitive areas within your brain that might be damaged by a more extensive operation.
What are treatment options for brain tumors?
If you have a brain tumor your recommended treatment will depend on:
- The type of tumor
- Where it is in your brain
- How big it is and how far it's spread
- How abnormal the cells are
- Your overall level of health and fitness
Treatments for brain tumors may include:
- Gamma knife
Surgery is often used to remove brain tumors. The aim is to remove as much abnormal tissue as safely as possible.
It isn't always possible to remove all of the tumors, so further treatment with radiotherapy or chemotherapy may be needed to treat any abnormal cells left behind.
Gamma knife surgery can be performed in some cases. Gamma knife surgery brings the latest technology to treat certain types of brain tumors.
Why choose Turkey for brain tumor treatment?
Treatment options and experience: Medical centers in Turkey use the most advanced radiation treatment methods, including gamma knife, focused radiation therapy, whole-brain radiation therapy and intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT).
Low prices: In Turkey, we provide affordable and high-quality healthcare for brain tumor treatment.
International accreditation: Our partner hospitals for brain tumor treatment in Turkey are certified by independent international organizations such as JCI (Joint Commission International) or ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and they are all university hospitals.
Latest Technology: Latest technologies are applied in our contracted hospitals to achieve great results.
Fast treatment arrangement: Since oncology treatment requires urgency, we suggest you start your treatment as soon as possible.
Our partner hospitals have a cooperation with top American cancer centers.