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About CARE Hospitals

With 14 hospitals spread across 6 cities, CARE Hospitals is a regional leader in tertiary care. It is ranked among the top 5 pan-Indian hospital chains and is driven by the core principle ‘to provide care that people trust’ through cost-effective medical care in more than 30 specialties.

Brain Tumour

A tumour is a mass or lump of tissue made up of abnormal cells. The growth of tumour cells unlike normal cells is uncontrolled and these tissues do not participate in regular body functions. A growth of such a tumour in the brain is referred to as brain tumour. The brain is the command centre of the nervous system and controls thoughts, speech, sight, emotions and personality, responses, memory, movement and many other functions. A tumour of the brain, could thus, affect many of our regular functions and manifest various symptoms. Brain tumour can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

Signs and Symptoms of Brain Tumour

The symptoms of brain tumour vary according to the size, growth, site or location, and the type of tumour. The common signs and symptoms that manifest include the following –

  • Headaches are a common symptom. New onset headaches or headaches that increase in intensity and frequency and do not respond to regular medications require a proper diagnosis by an expert neurologist at CARE Hospital.
  • Another frequently encountered symptom is vision problems. Blurry vision, double vision, loss of peripheral vision etc. are common symptoms.
  • Balance problems, dizziness, vertigo without any other cause, seizures, sudden loss of hearing, nausea etc. could all be symptoms of brain tumour.
  • Mood changes, anger, depression, and personality changes are all attributed to brain tumour.

Many of these symptoms are caused by other conditions as well. It is important to consult a neurologist if any of these symptoms persist.

Diagnosing Brain Tumour

If your doctor suspects brain tumour, he/she may start diagnoses by doing a thorough physical and neurological examination. It is important to reveal all symptoms and your medical history. The doctor may then recommend an imaging study such as an MRI or a CT scan. An angiogram with use of contrast material may also be administered. When the location of the tumour is determined, the doctor may need to do a biopsy to remove the tumour and send a sample for determining if the tumour is malignant.

Types of Brain Tumour

There are many types of brain tumours. The more common ones include –

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Germ cell tumours
  • Gliomas (such as astrocytomas, ependymomas, glioblastomas, oligoastrocytomas, and oligodendrogliomas)
  • Medulloblastomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Primary CNS lymphomas

Treatment of Brain Tumours

The expert neurologist/neurosurgeon at CARE Hospital will draw up a treatment plan depending on the location, size, and type of tumour. If the site is accessible through surgery, this is usually the first option. In many cases, chemotherapy and radiation are also used as treatment options in combination with surgery to eliminate the remaining tumour cells. Deep-seated tumours may need treatment with Gamma Knife Therapy.

Brain tumour treatments such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy may impair the neurological functions because of the damage to the healthy brain tissues. It is important to discuss the possible side effects with your doctor.

Rehabilitation and Life After Brain Tumour

Because of the damage caused by surgery and other treatments, it is important to engage in active rehabilitation following brain tumour treatment. This could involve working closely with an occupational therapist and with speech or physical therapists. It is possible to return to a normal and active life after having undergone brain tumour treatment.

Why CARE Hospitals?

CARE Hospitals is recognized as the most advanced, all-round health care centre in the country, powered by cross-functional teams comprising of surgeons, critical care and emergency medicine specialists. The founding team of CARE Hospitals comprises of medical innovators and pioneers who are passionately driven to make healthcare affordable for all, while ensuring clinical outcomes at par with international standards.

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