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Tumors can cause increased pressure within the brain, either due to swelling caused by the size of the tumor or to blockages caused by the tumor's location. The increased ICP often causes symptoms, including:
Nausea or vomiting
Vision, hearing or speech problems
Loss of balance or trouble walking
Weakness on one side of body
Changes in personality, depression or irritability
Headache that subsides after vomiting
Decreased heart rate and breathing rate
We want to understand your symptoms and how they are affecting your quality of life. During your initial consultation, we listen carefully as you describe your symptoms. Our team works closely with you and your family to ensure you receive the best care throughout the entire process of diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Brain Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment
Describing your symptoms in detail is the first step in diagnosing brain tumors. We will also recommend a number of tests to confirm the diagnosis, including a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and computed tomography (CT) scan.
Once we complete the diagnosis, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you. Your specific treatment plan will depend on the size and location of the tumor and may include surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy combined with targeted medical therapy.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.