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Brain Cancer

Definition

The growth of abnormal cells in the tissues of the brain. Brain tumors can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer).

Treatments*

The most widely used treatments are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. In most cases, more than one of these is used.

Side Effects*

Short-term side effects include: headaches, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hearing loss, skin & scalp changes, trouble with memory & speech. Side effects can include: hair loss or thinning, worsening of brain tumor symptoms.

Tips and Tricks

I have been fortunate and have had little to no side effects. Things that have helped me in my journey are my faith, always remaining positive, my family and my friends. Talk about it – it helps you cope. Use your resources (support groups, mentors). Try to eat a balanced diet. When tummy is upset, drink protein shakes, smoothies and eat protein bars. Peppermint lozenges and peppermint essential oil also help.  Drink plenty of fluids.  Stay active and well rested. Yoga and Zumba have helped me tremendously. As well as walking…. I have also started volunteering at a local animal shelter.  Whoever doesn’t think the love of a furry friend can’t help you cope is crazy! WIGS, WIGS, WIGS! I have embraced hair loss with a wig obsession and with support from my tribe at The Rebel Gypsy. Thanks to them and my husband’s support, I don’t miss my hair at all.  It’s just hair – it will grow back. There’s so much more to be thankful for. This too shall pass.  Trisha-Survivor

The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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