July 30, 2019
Brain tumors are not like tumors of other parts of the body. They have little space to grow due to the skull. This means that a growing tumor can compress vital parts of the brain and bring serious health problems.
Tumors that begin in the brain are called primary brain tumors. Cancer that has spread to the brain from another part of the body is called metastatic brain tumor and these are much more common than primary tumors. Both primary and metastatic tumors can cause similar symptoms and depend on size, type and location. The most common may include:
- evere headaches.
- Jerking or muscle spasms (seizures or convulsions).
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Changes in speech, vision or hearing.
- Trouble walking or maintaining balance.
- Changes in mood, personality or ability to concentrate.
- Problems with memory.
- Numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or legs.
The symptoms of brain tumors can be dramatic or subtle. Seizures are an example of a dramatic symptom. Approximately 3 in 10 patients with brain tumors are diagnosed after having a seizure. Other symptoms are less obvious, for example, memory problems or weakness on one side of the body.
Experiencing any of the symptoms does not mean that it is because of a brain tumor, however, the Institute of Interventional Oncology (IDOI Mexico) recommends that you speak with your doctor if you have any of them. The doctor will do a physical exam and ask about your personal and family health history. Additional tests may be necessary.
Tumors can be detected through imaging methods, such as magnetic resonances or CT scans.