The True Impact Of Brain Tumors

Did you know that there are 120 different types of brain tumors? This means having one may be more complex and diverse than you imagined. While not all brain tumors are malignant, they can still significantly impact individuals’ physical and psychological health. With nearly 78,000 new brain tumor diagnoses this year alone, this is a health condition that should not be overlooked.

The most common symptoms associated with brain tumors include: headaches, seizures, vision loss and fatigue; however, there are several psychological symptoms as well, including mood swings and cognitive changes. Surprisingly, these personality and behavioral changes are seen in a majority of individuals who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

The physical and psychological symptoms that accompany a brain tumor vary based on the part of the brain affected. There are seven major parts of the brain, with three areas that directly impact behavior and personality; these include the frontal lobe, the temporal lobe and the parietal lobe.

The Frontal Lobe is the area of the brain responsible for movement, intelligence, reasoning, personality, planning, decision making, judgment, mood and behavior.

The Temporal Lobe is the area of the brain that is primarily responsible for speech, hearing and vision. This area also impacts memory and emotions.

The Parietal Lobe is the area of the brain that regulates intelligence, reasoning, distinguishing left from right, language, sensation and the ability to read.

If a brain tumor is located in one of these areas of the brain, the behavioral and cognitive changes may include:

  •     Struggling to process, store and remember information—this can cause short-term memory loss
  •     Difficulty reasoning, impaired judgement and difficulty understanding cause and effect
  •     Extreme emotions, including depression and anxiety, frequently occurring
  •     Behavior may vary more drastically, becoming inappropriate or obsessive-compulsive
  •     The ability to read, speak and write may be impacted
  •     Frequent confusion, along with distraction and difficulty with planning and multitasking

Because brain tumors are so complex, it is important to recognize that they have more than just a physical impact. To provide truly customized treatment that suits the unique condition of each individual, the experts at Gwinnett Medical Center’s Brain & Spine Institute utilize a multidisciplinary approach, which ensures the most thorough care possible at every stage of the healing process. 

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