Brain tumors are abnormal cell growths that can be benign or malignant. Whether or not they are cancerous, brain tumors can cause significant difficulties. By recognizing the symptoms and reporting them to your doctor, you can get treatment early, which may prevent the tumor from growing and make treatment easier.
Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor, but it’s important to remember that most headaches do not indicate that you have tumor. Talk to your doctor about headaches that get worse over the course of weeks or months, that are most intense in the morning, or that feel different than your usual headaches. Other brain tumor symptoms include seizures, nausea, weakness and loss of sensation in the arms and legs, hearing and vision problems, and speech difficulties. Depending on where the tumor is located, memory difficulties and personality changes can occur.
The Neuroscience Institute at Northside Hospital can diagnose and treat benign and malignant brain tumors using a range of techniques. Learn more or get a referral to a physician in our St. Petersburg hospital by calling (888) 598-9586.