Brain cancer is the illness that results when tumors, or masses of abnormal cells, appear in the brain. Brain cancer is a disease that can severely impair a person's lifestyle, as tumors are located in the "functioning" centers, Vision, movement and other necessary functions can be compromised. However, there is a wealth of information available about treatments, pain management and new scientific breakthroughs that can help you take control of your illness.
Get the Information You Need
Find out the type of brain cancer with which you are dealing. Is the tumor in the peripheral or cranial nerves or the cerebellum, brain stem, basal ganglia or cerebral hemispheres? Treatments can vary greatly, depending on which of the many types of brain cancer you may have.
Ask your doctor about the most effective treatments for your type of brain cancer. Also, ask about possible side effects so that you can avoid unnecessary anxiety if and when they appear.
Look into clinical trials and experimental procedures through the National Cancer Institute Web site if you are interested in finding out more about emerging therapies (see "Resources" below).
Make Effective Changes to Your Life
Stop smoking if you are a smoker. This is a key lifestyle change that can lessen the side effects of treatment and improve your overall health.
Let your extended family know what you are going through, especially if your doctor has determined that you acquired the disease through genetic factors.
Make sure to schedule regular appointments with your doctor and report any symptoms and side effects you experience. This can help him tailor your treatment to your specific needs.