Common symptoms of this kind of tumor include:
Other symptoms can include:
Hormone problems may also appear because the tumors can occur near the base of the brain where hormones are controlled.
Treatment for these cancers is best done by a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Specialized therapy may be needed if there is memory loss. Other members of the team can include neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists.
If the tumor can be completely removed by surgery, surgery is often performed. When the tumor is not completely removable, parts of the tumor may be removed to relieve pressure in the skull.
Can be done before surgery to shrink the tumor before removing it or after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells. In radiation therapy, a machine is used to aim high-energy rays at the site of the tumor.
It takes the help of medications to kill cancer cells. This is particularly useful if the cancer has spread to other parts of the brain. Corticosteroids may be administered to reduce swelling in the skull. Treatment can kill healthy brain tissue. The dead tissue can look like cancer, so it needs to be monitored closely to ensure there is not a recurrence. After your treatment, follow-up visits with your doctor are necessary to check for any side effects and ensure the cancer has not returned.