A brain tumor is an abnormal growth in the brain.
Treatment will depend on the type and location of the tumor.
You may be asked to watch for new or worsening symptoms. Some common ones are headaches, seizures, or problems seeing or walking. Share this information with your doctor.
Medicine may be given manage seizures and ease pain and swelling.
When taking medicine:
Consider joining a support group or ask your care team for support options. This may help you cope with feelings of depression and anxiety. Relaxation therapy, such as meditation and yoga, may also be helpful.
You will see a doctor who specializes in brain diseases for testing. You may need further treatment based on test results. Be sure to go to all appointments.
Call the doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
American Brain Tumor Association
American Cancer Society
Canadian Cancer Society
Cancer Care Ontario
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Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD Last Updated: 7/13/2021