SAMC Neurosurgeon explains brain tumor symptoms

(WTVY News 4)
Published: May. 4, 2018 at 7:39 AM CDT
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May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. There are different kinds of brain tumors, but no specific cause.

Brain tumors are a genetic mutation. They can be hereditary or randomly happen. Signs and symptoms can also vary depending on the location of the tumor.

“If the brain tumor is in a relatively quit area of the brain then you are not going to have symptoms until it grows to the point it pushes on an area of the brain where you start having symptoms,” said SAMC Neurosurgeon Christopher Hargett. “Whether that be seizures, progressively worse headaches or weakness on one side of the body or the other.”

Brain tumors are treatable. The earlier treatment is initiated, the better the outcome. Treatment begins with a CT scan, followed by a MRI, surgery, and radiation or chemotherapy.