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Diagnosis of a Brain Tumour

Diagnosis of a Brain Tumour

If your GP suspects you may have a brain tumour, you will be referred to a neurologist for further investigations and tests. At your appointment with the neurologist, you will have a physical examination of your general health and your nervous system. Your consultant will ask you a series of questions; check your vision, hearing, facial movements, sensation, balance and co-ordination.

Your consultant may request a brain magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) which involves lying very still inside a long cylindrical machine whilst it takes pictures of the inside of your skull. It is a painless procedure but some people may feel slightly claustrophobic inside the scanner. Another type of scan that may be required to diagnose a brain tumour is a brain computerised tomography (CT) scan. This is a series of X rays that builds up a three dimensional picture of your brain. Other non-routine diagnostic tests include skull x-rays, biopsy, position emission tomography (PET) scan, single photon emission computerised tomography (SPECT) scan and blood tests.

If a brain tumour is confirmed, your consultant neurologist will discuss with you the type of treatment available, the advantages and disadvantages of this treatment and any risks involved. The type of medical treatment you recieve will be dependant upon the type of brain tumour. Types of brain tumours include acoustic neuroma, astrocytic tumours, CNS lymphoma, ependyoma, haemangioblastoma and meningioma.

For medical treatment, your neurologist may refer you to a neurosurgeon that specialises in operations of the brain, an oncologist who uses radiotherapy/ chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer and a specialist nurse to provide advice and support. It is important that the individual asks lots of questions in order to make an informed decision about forthcoming treatment options.

Neurological physiotherapy will help to minimise the symptoms the individual experiences from the tumour. At Manchester Neuro Physio, our physiotherapists will help the individual to maintain as much muscle strength, mobility and independence as possible. Your physiotherapist will provide a home exercise program, exercise equipment and education to carers involved. This ensures that the individual makes maximum improvement both within and outside of treatment sessions.

If you would like to discuss the diagnosis of a brain tumour and treatment options with a specialist neurological physiotherapist please phone us on 0161 883 0066.

Introduction to Brain Tumour

To book an assessment or for more information please email call 0161 883 0066 .