Several factors affect the symptoms of brain cancer. The size, type, extent and the location of the tumor are some of these factors. Age and the health history of a person do influence too. For example, a tumor that is located near the optic fiber is likely to cause vision problems such as double vision. A tumor that is located in the front section of the brain is likely to affect how one thinks and their concentration. A huge tumor may have significantly many symptoms due to the pressure that is exerted by the mass.
It is crucial to note that a person with the brain cancer may fail to show all the symptoms and one can still show them when they do not have it. This requires one to visit a doctor for proper diagnosis. There are specific and general symptoms of brain cancer. General signs are as a result of the pressure of the mass of the tumor on the spinal cord or brain. Specific signs are as a result of the tumor affecting a particular section of the brain that it cannot function normally.
General symptoms of brain cancer may include
- Headaches which may become severe and worsen when you are very active and in the morning.
- Seizures, also convulsions, where one’s muscles experience involuntary and sudden movements. The seizures may be myoclonic or tonic-clonic. A myoclonic seizure is a single or multiple spasms, jerks or twitches of the muscles. A tonic-clonic or the Grand mall is characterized by relaxing and twitching of muscles which are preceded by loss of consciousness. A grand mall may be following by feeling sleepy, confused, having headache or numbness.
- Sensory changes may occur where vision, hearing, and smell may be affected without necessarily losing one’s consciousness.
- One may feel nauseated, and vomiting may accompany this.
- Feeling fatigued may be another general symptom of brain cancer.
Specific symptoms may include
- Changes in judgment may result from a tumor located in the front part of the cerebrum. This is attributed to the loss of initiative with the weakness of muscles, sluggishness, and paralysis.
- A tumor that is located near the optic fiber may result in partial or total loss of vision.
- A tumor in the front part of the cerebrum may result to changes in memory, speech, hearing or emotional state, which may make a person more aggressive. This tumor may also lead to difficulty of understanding and retrieve words.
- A tumor in the cerebellum may cause loss of balance and trouble with motor skills.