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What is a Brain Tumour?
WHO Classification

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 specialist (Neuro-oncologist) 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.

last changed 27/05/2011.

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