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ANS Neurosurgeons Support Brain Tumor Awareness Month
Date:5/3/2013

professionals can recognize signs of increased intracranial pressure.
  •     Behavioral and Cognitive Problems: You may experience problems with short-term memory, lack of concentration, and inability to find the right words.
  •     Nausea or Vomiting: Nausea and/or vomiting are symptoms that are more likely to point toward a brain tumor when accompanied with the other symptoms mentioned above.
  • Important Screening Information
    MRI screening is the best method for detecting brain tumors, but most patients do not get their first MRI until they are already experiencing symptoms of a tumor. Scheduling an MRI as part of a yearly exam is the best way to detect a brain tumor early. Here are some things to know about MRI screenings:

    •     An MRI can detect a tumor when it is only the size of a pea.
    •     Brain scans are quick; usually lasting less than 10 minutes.
    •     Brain scans are non-invasive, pain-free, and do not emit radiation.

    Brain tumors can be effectively treated. “While many of the tumors of the nervous system can be cured by surgery alone, others require a more comprehensive treatment plan including chemotherapy and radiation in addition to surgery,” states New Jersey neurosurgeon Dr.Chapple. "Recent innovations in all three of these treatment modalities have allowed even patients with the highest grade tumors to live longer with extended, symptom-free intervals.”
    Other things to know:

    •     Almost half of all brain tumors are not cancerous and are slow growing.
    •     If a patient is diagnosed with a brain tumor, a treatment plan can be designed to fit their in
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