Brain Tumor in Orlando, FL
Hearing the words “brain tumor,” especially as a diagnosis, can feel scary; however, the good news is that not all brain tumors are malignant (aka cancerous). Meningiomas are one of the most common brain tumors, and they are benign, which means that you may not even need surgery. Whether you’re experiencing symptoms of a brain tumor or you’ve been diagnosed with one, our Orlando, FL neurosurgeon Dr. Max Medary can provide you with the care and treatment you need. Here’s what you should know about brain tumors,
Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Tumor
Symptoms can vary dramatically depending on the brain tumor’s type, size and location. Common symptoms of a brain tumor include,
- Frequent or severe headaches
- Changes in headaches
- Tingling or numbness in the legs or arms
- Trouble with balance
- Nausea or vomiting
- Vision changes
- Speech problems
- Behavioral or personality changes
If your symptoms persist, it’s essential that you turn to a medical professional for an evaluation.
How Brain Tumors are Diagnosed
If our team suspects that you might have a brain tumor, there are several tests that you’ll need to undergo, including a neurological exam and imaging tests (e.g., MRI). Sometimes a biopsy is required but is often performed during the removal of the tumor.
Treating a Brain Tumor
If the brain tumor is not cancerous, you may not require surgery; however, it’s important that you turn to our team for regular monitoring. We will need to perform scans at least once a year to assess the growth of the tumor to determine whether it needs to be removed. Often, the tumor will need to be removed through surgery, especially if it’s cancerous or growing rapidly. Surgery is the main treatment option for treating brain tumors. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are sometimes needed to treat cancerous tumors or ensure no cancerous cells are left behind after surgery. Dr. Medary and his team have provided superior neurosurgical care since 1998, with a special interest in skull base tumor surgery, including acoustic neuromas and pituitary tumors.