An individual's symptom of brain tumor depends mainly on tumor's
size and its location within the brain.
About half of patients with a brain tumor will have seizures
-- electrical surges in the brain that can cause convulsions
and, in some instances, a loss of consciousness.
Many patients develop changes in their behavior or personality,
including problems with memory, speech, and concentration.
Body movement and sensation can also suffer; some people have
numbness in the arms or legs, feel weak and uncoordinated,
or stumble when they walk.
Still other people will have none of these symptoms or have different
symptoms altogether, depending on their body and their particular
form of the disease.
No, getting really smart and looking like John Travolta
is NOT typically a symptom of brain tumor.
Some of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor are
- headaches that wake you up in the morning
- seizures in a person who does not have a history of
- cognitive or personality changes
- eye weakness
- nausea or vomiting
- speech disturbances, or memory loss
Symptom of brain tumor in the frontal lobe of the brain
may cause weakness and inability to move on one side of the body,
known as paralysis, mood disturbances, difficulty thinking,
confusion and disorientation, and wide emotional mood swings.
Symptom of brain tumor in the parietal lobe are seizures,
numbness or paralysis, difficulty with handwriting, inability
to perform simple mathematical problems, difficulty with certain
movements, and loss of the sense of touch.
Symptom of brain tumor in theoccipital lobe are loss of
vision in half of each visual field, visual hallucinations, and
Symptom of brain tumor in the Temporal lobe are seizures,
perceptual and spatial disturbances, and inability to understand
simple of multi-step commands, known as receptive aphasia.
Symptom of brain tumor in the cerebellum are difficulty
maintaining their balance, known as ataxia, loss of coordination,
headaches, and vomiting.
Symptom of brain tumor in the hypothalamus are emotional
changes, and changes in the perception of hot and cold.
In addition, hypothalamic tumors may affect growth and nutrition
With the exception of the cerebellum, symptom of brain tumor
in are on the opposite side of the body from the tumor.
For example, a tumor on the left side of the brain may cause numbness
in the right arm.
As a brain tumor grows, it invades the healthy tissue
in the brain, often causing further deterioration. Because of
the limited space within the skull, the tumor may place pressure
on the brain. There may also be a buildup of fluid around the
tumor, a condition known as edema. Both of these may cause
frequent headaches that are often unrelieved by over-the-counter
Headaches are the most common presenting symptom of brain
tumor. Many patients first notice a headache that comes and goes.
The headache may be especially bad in the morning and then
fade during the day.
Since every symptom of brain tumor can be caused by other problems,
you must be seen by a physician to be properly evaluated. Your
physician may refer you to a neurologist, a doctor who specializes
in diagnosing and treating disorders of the brain and central
nervous system, or to an oncologist, a doctor who specializes
in diagnosing and treating cancer.
Get checked by your doctor, but chances are:
"It's NOT a toomah!"