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TIPS FOR ENHANCING RECOVERY POST BRAIN SURGERY

The steps needed to help you recover from surgery actually start as soon as you are diagnosed and not just after you wake in the hospital bed. Prior to surgery you should read as much as you can about what to expect during and after your surgery.

May 25th, 2016
THE LEADING-EDGE PINPOINT RADIATION TECHNIQUE

In the latter half of 2015, Dr. Chris Duma was featured on CBS News – Los Angeles when the station featured a couple – Cindy and Mark – two of Dr. Duma’s glioblastoma patients.

Jan 17th, 2016
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER BRAIN SURGERY?

The first stop for post-surgery expectations is your surgical team. Your experience will vary greatly based on your health history, your diagnosis, your anesthesia and your surgery.

Dec 17th, 2015
WHAT IS NEUROENDOSCOPY?

The term endoscopy comes from endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, typically used in gastrointestinal surgeries, and allows surgeons to view key anatomical features in real-time during surgery.

Nov 13th, 2015
WHAT IS TOMOTHERAPY?

Patients who have recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor will quickly discover that there are many different treatment options available for removing or shrinking tumors. Many of our patients wonder what is the best treatment option for them?

Jul 28th, 2015
HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT NEUROSURGEON

Being diagnosed with a brain tumor is often very stressful and overwhelming. A large contributor to the anxiety one feels is the fear associated with the unknown, but the unknown can be mitigated with the help of the right neurologist.

Jun 29th, 2015
HOW TO EASE TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA PAIN

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is considered the most painful neurological disease because it causes unrelenting head and facial pain in those who suffer from it – often being described as an intense burning or stabbing pain.

May 15th, 2015
A NEW LOOK ON GENETICS & BRAIN DISEASE

Our genes can be understood as our molecular heredity – the biological attributes that are passed to us from many generations before us. For decades, medical researchers have been trying to find the link, if any, between our genetics and brain disease.

Mar 11th, 2015
BRAIN TUMOR STATISTICS AND FACTS

Unfortunately, no one is immune from unpredictable brain tumors. Most genetic, biological factors are still somewhat ambiguous and often there is no cause for the development of a tumor.

Feb 11th, 2015
MUSIC AND THE MIND: A LOOK AT NOTES AND NEURO HEALTH

Music is a powerful phenomena, capable of changing emotions, thoughts and behaviors. It’s rare to find somebody on this planet that doesn’t respond to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, move to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, or tear to Debussy’s Claire de Lune.

Nov 29th, 2014
POLIOVIRUS AND THE BRAIN

At its peak in the 1940s and 1950s, poliomyelitis (also known as polio) would kill or paralyze 500,000 people every year.

Nov 12th, 2014
NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS ON THE RISE

The vast increase of neurological disorders is troubling. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe are burdened with neurological disorders, and this doesn’t take into account the masses of undiagnosed in rural and developing areas.

Oct 28th, 2014
NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS TREATMENT OPTIONS

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), commonly known as “water on the brain,” is rare, affecting about 5 in 100,000 persons; however, for those suffering from NPH, quality-of-life can be drastically reduced.

Sep 29th, 2014
AN EYE ON TECHNOLOGY: VIRTUAL REALITY AND ROBOTICS

Even though the concept of virtual reality and robotics sounds more like something you’d read about in a Ray Bradbury or Orson Scott Card novel, this innovative technology is changing the approach neurosurgeons are taking to treat patients.

Sep 19th, 2014
WHAT CAUSES BRAIN TUMORS?

According to a recent study, almost 700,000 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. If those numbers are correct, than that means 1 in 448 people are currently living with a malignant or benign brain tumor.

Jul 31st, 2014
HEADACHES: WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR

Headaches can be caused by a number of things, and the majority of time can be linked to non-serious sources like pulled or tensed muscles, sinus infections, or blood vessel swelling (like a migraine).

Jun 3rd, 2014
WHAT IS GAMMA KNIFE RADIOSURGERY?

If your doctor recently recommended gamma knife radiosurgery for the treatment of brain tumors (malignant and benign), vascular malformations, or functional brain disorders you may be wondering what gamma knife radiosurgery actually is.

May 6th, 2014
HOW DOES IMMUNOTHERAPY TREAT BRAIN TUMORS?

In 2013 around 70,000 American’s were diagnosed with a new brain tumor, and of them, 25,000 were malignant. There are multiple forms of treatment available, however, immunotherapy is considered one of the best treatment options for fighting brain tumors.

Apr 25th, 2014
REDUCING YOUR RISK OF STROKE

According to recent statistics, nearly one in five American’s will have a stroke in his or her lifetime. Though strokes can effect anyone at any age, typically those who experience a stroke do so during their middle age or older years.

Mar 21st, 2014
REASONING BEHIND RESOLUTIONS: BRAIN STRATEGY

We’re still relatively new in this 2014 year and there is still time to catch the coat tails of all those resolutions you set. In reality, however, the concept of the brain’s involvement in resolutions (and their perceived value) is quite fascinating.

Feb 16th, 2014
UNDERSTANDING PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Surprisingly, symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) have been described in writings as early as 2000 B.C. Sources such as Egyptian papyrus, an Ayurvedic medical summary, and Galen’s writings all describe manifestations of PD.

Dec 21st, 2013
NOVEMBER: ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH

This month, as you’re finding reasons to give thanks, perhaps you may want to include an extra dose of gratitude and support for all those who courageously face Alzheimer’s disease (AD) with strength and optimism.

Nov 10th, 2013
STUDY FINDS BRAIN SURGERY MAY HELP SEVERE OCD

According the International OCD Foundation, about 1 in every 100 adults is currently affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), while 1 in 200 children and teens may have OCD as well.

Jun 12th, 2013
SURGICAL OPTIONS FOR TREATING EPILEPSY

If someone could offer you a fix that could help you improve your brain health, increase memory, cut your risk of developing Alzheimers or dementia, prevent stroke, or improve symptoms from Parkinson’s Disease, would you take it?

Jun 12th, 2013
THE LINK BETWEEN GOOD HEALTH AND BRAIN HEALTH

While brain exercises like Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and learning new languages are all helpful in keeping the brain elastic, there are many health practices that play a vital rule in how your brain ages over the years.

Feb 22nd, 2013
DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION AND PARKINSON’S DISEASE

According to ancient Egyptian writings, Ayurvedic sources, and records from the Roman physician and surgeon Galen, Parkinson’s Disease, or an illness that replicates it, has been around since man has been able to record it.

Nov 20th, 2012
AN EYE ON TECHNOLOGY: GAMMA KNIFE & CYBERKNIFE™

Gamma knife and CyberKnife™ are some of the most sophisticated technologies available to contemporary medicine. It’s interesting that despite their name, there is no actual knife involved.

Oct 5th, 2012
THE MOST COMMON BRAIN TUMOR SURGERY TYPES

Brain surgery has been known to humanity for at least 3500 years, going back to ancient civilizations in Europe, Africa and South America. Over the past 30 years open surgical craniotomies have been the most common practice for most brain surgeons.

Jun 12th, 2012
WELCOME TO DR. DUMA’S NEW BLOG

Welcome to Dr. Duma’s new blog! We are excited about launching our new website, and utilizing technology to help better educate and communicate with our current and future patients.

May 17th, 2012
YOUNG PARKINSON’S PATIENT GIVES BACK

One of my patients is publishing a book describing her experience with her young onset Parkinson’s disease as well as her battle with colon cancer.

May 17th, 2012