What is a Brain Tumour?
Early diagnosis is not
always possible as, despite everything, the brain is characterised by a high
degree of functional plasticity and its compensatory mechanisms are individually
very variable. A direct consequence of this is that especially in the case of
low grade tumours there can be a significant interval of time between the start
of tumour growth and the first presentation of symptoms.
- Speed and accuracy
of primary diagnosis is critical in getting speedy treatment.
- Different tumours
need different instruments and diagnostic investigations to discover them,
in order to choose the best treatment options.
- When there is
suspicion of a brain lesion, the patient should identify as soon as possible
a physician (e.g: GP) who should quickly get a brain scan and refer him to a
in order to start the diagnostic work-up: time lost in queuing for a scan
can be fatal and resources are stretched.
- Some scans are
difficult to interpret and some tumours are difficult to grade. You need to
know the type of tumour and the grade in order to assess the need for urgent
action or whether a slower approach is acceptable.
- This is easily said
but difficult to do because there is strong demand for scarce resources.
- Get a second opinion.
Diagnosis - Continued