How do gliomas affect daily life?

A diagnosis of a brain tumor can be overwhelming and frightening. It can make you feel like you have little control over your health. But you can take steps to cope with the shock and grief that may come after your diagnosis. Consider trying to:

  • Learn enough about gliomas to make decisions about your care. Ask your doctor about your specific type of brain tumor, including your treatment options and, if you like, your prognosis. As you learn more about brain tumors, you may become more confident in making treatment decisions.
     
  • Keep friends and family close. Keeping your close relationships strong will help you deal with your brain tumor. Friends and family can provide the practical support you'll need, such as helping take care of your house if you're in the hospital. And they can serve as emotional support when you feel overwhelmed by cancer.
     
  • Find someone to talk with. Find a good listener who is willing to listen to you talk about your hopes and fears. This may be a friend or family member. The concern and understanding of a counselor, medical social worker, clergy member or cancer support group also may be helpful.
     
  • Ask your doctor about support groups in your area. Or check your phone book, library or a cancer organization, such as the National Cancer Institute or the American Cancer Society.

 

See your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you. If you're diagnosed with a glioma, you may be referred to specialists, such as:

  • Doctors who specialize in brain disorders (neurologists)
     
  • Doctors who treat cancer (oncologists)
     
  • Doctors who use radiation to treat cancer (radiation oncologists)
     
  • Doctors who specialize in nervous system cancers (neuro-oncologists)
     
  • Surgeons who operate on the brain and nervous system (neurosurgeons)
     
  • Rehabilitation specialists

 

 

 


Sources:

  • “Glioma.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 12 Apr. 2019, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/glioma/symptoms-causes/syc-20350251.
  • “Gliomas.” Gliomas | Johns Hopkins Medicine, www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/gliomas.
  • Hammas, Nawal, et al. “Astroblastoma - a Rare and Challenging Tumor: a Case Report and Review of the Literature.” Journal of Medical Case Reports, BioMed Central, 21 Apr. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5910607/.

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