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Brain tumor

The treatment of the brain tumor belongs in the hands of an experienced team of doctors. This includes doctors from a wide variety of disciplines who work closely together: neurosurgeons, oncologists, radiologists, neurologists, pathologists or psycho-oncologists. In so-called tumor boards, you can advise which treatment is best for a brain tumor. There are clinics that specialize in the treatment of brain tumors.

The therapy of a brain tumor always depends on various factors: the type of brain tumor, its location, size, aggressiveness, speed of growth and spread. That is why the question of one brain tumor therapy cannot be answered across the board, but only on an individual basis. There are several treatments that doctors can use to remove brain tumors. Usually they combine several with each other.

Brain tumor: surgery comes first

The operation is the most important therapy for brain tumors. Doctors try to eliminate the brain tumor during the operation remove completely and to protect healthy tissue. The subsequent impairments are thus less serious. Whether this succeeds depends on the type, size and spread of the brain tumor. Some brain tumors grow quickly into healthy tissue and can hardly be removed completely, only partially. Other tumors are inoperable from the start.

A brain tumor operation can have health consequences because it is a tricky business that requires a lot of experience for the surgeon too. Which impairments occur and how pronounced they are always depends on the location and size of the tumor. Seeing, hearing, walking, speaking, memory or the ability to concentrate can be disturbed after a brain tumor operation.

Brain tumor: radiation

With radiation therapy (radiation, radiotherapy), radiologists “bombard” the tumor locally high energy rays. In this way, they try to get rid of any remaining cancer cells. The rays damage the genetic material of the tumor cells, which they can hardly repair - they die. Radiologists do not administer the rays all at once, but divide them into different, smaller "portions". Those affected usually have to undergo radiation for a few weeks every day.

Brain tumor: chemotherapy

During chemotherapy, oncologists give their patients cell toxins, so-called Cytostatics. These intervene in the division and reproduction mechanism of cancer cells and act in the entire body (systemic). The cell-killing agents ensure that the cancer cells die. There are different chemotherapy drugs that doctors use for brain tumors. And: not every cytostatic agent is suitable for every brain tumor.

Targeted drugs (“targeted therapy”) help against some types of brain tumors. Some target certain characteristics of cancer cells, while others cut off the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tumor. The idea is to starve the cancer out like this.

Brain tumors: supportive treatment and psycho-oncology

Supportive treatments do not fight the tumor itself, but try to alleviate the symptoms caused by the cancer and the therapies. These include, for example, headaches, nausea and vomiting. A brain tumor is often a very serious disease that also makes the psyche suffer. Therefore, support from a psycho-oncologist is advisable for every cancer patient. Many find them very helpful.