Surgery is the preferred first step when a brain tumor is suspected to remove as much of the brain tumor as possible, while not damaging health tissue. Often an MRI is performed after surgery to confirm the extent of tumor that has been removed. Your doctor may give you the preliminary results on the same day as the surgery, but often additional tests on the tissue will be performed to confirm and make a final diagnosis. Once you recover from surgery, depending on the type of tumor and tumor grade, radiation and chemotherapy may be used in addition to surgery.
During this time, you will feel a variety of mixed emotions. You are your best advocate. Knowledge provides you with the opportunity to actively participate in your care. We are here to provide you with the knowledge to feel confident that you are making the right decisions. Seeking a second opinion is always a good option when trying to determine what treatment options are available.
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