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Pineal Tumor

Pineal Tumor

Brain tumors   can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to many other problems. Also, if a tumor grows slowly, the symptoms could develop over a long period of time. Symptoms sometimes appear as problems in other portions of the body, such as numbness in legs or arms. Pressure from a growing tumor can cause specific symptoms such as a headache. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has reported that half of all brain tumors cause headaches; however, it is important to realize that less than 1% of headaches are the result of brain tumors. Here are some other signs and symptoms to watch out for according to ACS and National Cancer Institute (NCI):

  • seizures  
  • nausea and vomiting
  • weakness or loss of feeling in the arms and legs
  • stumbling or lack of coordination in walking
  • abnormal eye movements or changes or blurriness in vision
  • hearing problems   such as ringing or buzzing
  • drowsiness
  • changes in personality, behavior or memory
  • changes in speech

These symptoms could be an indication of a brain tumor or other problems such as stroke  . Only a doctor can make the diagnosis. If you suffer any of these symptoms, you should seek medical help right away.

Follow-up

Surgery, radiation, and other cancer therapies can damage hormone-producing regions of the body. An endocrinologist specializes in such hormone disorders. The patient's primary healthcare will consult an endocrinologist to determine if hormone deficiencies are present. Most hormone problems can be well controlled with medical therapies.

Outlook

In recent years the prognosis for children with pineal tumors has improved dramatically

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