Brain Cancer Evaluation
The evaluation of brain cancer begins with a medical history and physical examination.
Some brain cancer patients have no findings on physical examination. In others, physical findings can suggest the specific location of the tumor in the brain.
Physical findings in those with brain cancer may include:
- Weakness on one side of the body:
- Numbness on one side of the body:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty with balance
- Difficulty speaking
- Facial weakness:
- Facial drooping
- Loss of coordination
- Memory loss
- Vision changes:
The diagnosis of brain cancer requires testing.
Tests that may be used to evaluate brain cancer include:
Brain Cancer Biopsy
During a brain biopsy, a neurosurgeon removes a small sample of brain tissue through a small hole in the skull. The tissue will then be examined under a microscope, in order to determine the type of cells causing the cancer.
Patients with metastatic brain cancer from a cancer in another part of the body usually do not require a brain biopsy. Sometimes a brain tumor biopsy is the first evidence that there is cancer in another organ, such as the lung, prostate or breast.
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