What are the symptoms that indicate that one might have a brain tumour?
Though headache and vomiting are the most common symptoms of brain tumour, depending on the location and extent of tumour, the patient may have convulsions/fits, limb weakness, disturbance in vision, sense of smell and hearing, abnormal behaviour, imbalance etc.
The most common diagnostic tools are CT /MR scan, angiography may be necessary.
What percentage of brain tumours is cancerous?
Approximately one out of three brain tumour is malignant/cancerous.
Are there any non-surgical treatments to treat brain tumours?
Removal of tumour by some mode of surgery is most desirable. However, the location of the tumour may make removal hazardous, making the quality of life an important issue later.
What type of exercise is okay to do?
No specific exercise, except swimming, is contraindicated depending on the physical condition of the patient.
What are single-fraction radiosurgery and fractionated radiotherapy and why do they have an edge over traditional methods of treating brain tumours?
In Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT), no surgery is involved. The technique is to give a large dose of radiation with pinpoint accuracy (up to less than a quarter of a millimetre) to the tumour, whatever the shape and location are, in one session (SRS) or up to 5 sessions (SRT). This gradually reduces the blood supply of the tumour leading to a stoppage of growth and a gradual reduction in size. This involves sophisticated technology and technique which has been used in Ruby Hall Cancer Centre for the treatment of more than 1600 patients with extremely satisfactory results. The same technology is used in the treatment of Arteriovenous Malformations (abnormality in blood vessels) and Trigeminal Neuralgia, too. This mode of treatment does not require hospitalisation and the patient can continue with his profession and normal lifestyle. Both benign and malignant brain tumours, both may be treated with this method though the selection of the patient is a very important criterion.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery is highly conformal and high dose radiation delivery to brain lesions using state of art image guidance and submillimeter accuracy. It is a proven alternative to conventional surgery for the treatment of benign brain tumours like meningioma, neuroma, pituitary adenoma and malignant tumours like metastasis, recurrent/residual astrocytoma/GBM.
Ruby Hall Clinic offers the best diagnosis near you and consultation with an expert specialist better known as a neuro oncologist.
We are amongst the top 10 cancer centres in pune with world class radiation facilities and we add comfort to your oncology care.
Dr. Ashok Bhanage
Chairman – Cancer Centre
Director And Head Of Neurosurgery And Radiosurgery Department