Brain tumors occur when groups of cells in your brain don’t develop and divide like they should. As the tumor grows, you can develop a variety of symptoms that negatively affect your physical health.
Evaluating symptoms that possibly relate to a brain tumor is a primary focus of board-certified neurosurgeon Christopher Duma, MD, FACS. Dr. Duma offers on-site diagnostic testing services in-office to help you get an accurate diagnosis and any treatment you need.
Classifying brain tumors
Before we describe the symptoms of a brain tumor, it’s important to note that there are several classes of brain tumors.
Primary brain tumors
Primary brain tumors are those that start in your brain. An example of a primary tumor is a glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive tumor that can grow quickly and spread throughout your brain.
Secondary brain tumors
Secondary brain tumors start in another area of your body and spread to your brain.
Malignant tumors develop from masses of cancerous cells. These fast-growing tumors can spread outside your brain, into your spine and other areas of your body.
Benign tumors are noncancerous tumors that tend to develop slowly and don’t spread outside your brain.
Symptoms of brain tumors
The symptoms of brain tumors depend on the type of tumor you have. Often, benign brain tumors don’t cause any symptoms in the earliest stages and are only detected on diagnostic imaging tests used to identify other conditions.
As benign tumors grow, you may experience issues with your hearing and balance. Noncancerous brain tumors can also cause changes in your vision and your cognitive abilities.
In some cases, larger benign tumors can lead to seizures and trigeminal neuralgia, a condition that causes significant facial pain even with the slightest stimulation.
Symptoms of a malignant brain tumor can be more significant and noticeable. This type of tumor can cause:
- Double vision
- Movement disorders like dystonia
In some people, bleeding in the brain is a side effect of a malignant brain tumor.
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Duma without delay. Because many of these symptoms can relate to other medical issues, it’s important that you get an accurate and timely diagnosis.
Know your options for brain tumor treatment
There are several minimally invasive treatment options available at the office of Christopher Duma, MD, FASC.
As a brain tumor specialist, Dr. Duma uses the latest advancements in brain tumor treatments, including the Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technology to remove tumors from the delicate areas of your brain with a high level of precision.
You may also benefit from immunotherapy, a treatment that uses substances to stimulate your own immune system to fight off primary, cancerous tumors.
Dr. Duma customizes a treatment plan based on the type of brain tumor and the symptoms you’re having. He discusses all your options for treatment during your consultation, so you can make the most informed decision about your health.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for brain tumor symptoms, call the office of Christopher Duma, MD, FACS, today, or book an appointment online.