Managing symptoms and side effects during brain tumor illness

Christina Stewart-Amidei*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Malignant brain tumors and the therapies used to treat them can present challenging problems. Headache is the most common symptom during brain tumor illness. Etiology determines the exact management approach, but pharmacologic and non pharmacologic measures may be used. Seizures also commonly occur and are best managed with anti epileptic drug therapy. Infection and deep venous thrombosis are concerns and are best approached by preventive measures and early aggressive intervention if those measures fail. Depression, fatigue, memory and personality changes may complicate care and are approached on an individual basis. Early discussion about end-of-life issues is necessary because the disease itself can impair decision-making ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalExpert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Volume5
Issue number6 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

Keywords

  • Cognitive-behavioral effects
  • End-of-life issues
  • Headache
  • Malignant brain tumor
  • Medical complications
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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