Symptoms And Treatment Of A Brain

1410 WordsAug 1, 20166 Pages
Brain tumours as well as their treatments bring a raft of symptoms and side effects into a patient’s life and management of these is critical to a person’s well-being. While patients may have experienced the impact of their cancer and its treatment during their illness, these effects can often escalate as the disease progresses to the palliative and terminal stage. Palliative care is specialised medical treatment for those with life limiting or chronic illnesses which cannot be cured, and patients with brain tumours may receive this type of support following their diagnosis and / or during end-of-life care at home or in a hospice setting. The focus is on the provision of symptom relief whilst maximising quality of life for patients and their loved ones. This article will focus on a number of the common symptoms for people with a brain tumour in a palliative situation and discuss how these might be managed, either by the patient themselves or via health professionals delivering palliative care. Firstly, it is important to stress that the symptoms of a brain tumour for a palliative patient can be either the direct result of the disease progression, or as a side effect of treatment. This article shall focus only on the symptoms which arise as a result of the tumour, not on the side effects of treatment such as chemotherapy and other drugs, or radiation therapy. The symptoms of a brain tumour can develop slowly or rapidly depending on the type of tumour. Headaches are a
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