Brain tumor detection and treatment can be complex, with some people experiencing symptoms that make them question whether or not they have the disease.
Brain tumor experts from the Australian National University’s (ANU) Institute of Neurology, Brain and Behavior are helping people with this information and providing support via their Brain Freeze program.
In an interview with News.net.au, Professor Tim Sayers said: “If you see a progression of symptoms, the best way to diagnose a brain tumour is to try and remove it.”
It’s not something that’s going to go away.
“If you don’t see any progression, it might be a brain lesion, but it might not be a tumour.”
There’s a lot of misinformation out there.
“We really want to dispel that and dispel some of the myths that are out there.”
Professor Sayers, who has researched brain tumours for more than 30 years, said it was crucial for people to understand how the brain works and the role it plays in the body.
“You can’t see a brain, but you can hear the brain, and the sound it makes,” he said.
“People don’t have the ability to see, they don’t know what a brain is, they think it’s a lumpy lumpy thing, they say ‘yeah, it’s not a brain’.”
But what we’ve found is that it’s actually a huge part of the brain that’s being used and that’s where all the energy is.””
If people understand that brain is actually a vital part of our bodies and it’s all about communication, then they can be able to be more informed.
“Professor Alan Jones, Director of the ANU’s Institute of Neuroscience, said the National Institute of Health had created a Brain Freeze page to provide information about brain tumors, with the aim of educating people.”
What we’ve done is created a page on the NINH website, it lists brain tumescence and what we do in order to get people diagnosed,” Professor Jones said.
Read more”If they get an MRI, or if they get a PET scan, or a CT scan, it shows how much the tumour has changed in terms of how it’s growing and how much it’s shrunken and we then go through a series of tests that include MRI, PET, CT, ultrasound, and what they call brain imaging.””
We’ll have people come in, and they’ll have to give us some information on how they’re feeling.
We’ll then put them into a group and then we’ll see how they react to that information.””
This will help to help people understand the severity of the disease and how to treat it.
“Dr Jones said the ANUS has a team of specialists that provide support and information to those with brain tumestases, including an imaging specialist who can see if the tumours are actually a lesion.”
Brain Freeze is a service funded by the Australian Government, and can be accessed at the National Library of Medicine website.”
We’re helping people to see that they have a disease, not just a symptom.”
Brain Freeze is a service funded by the Australian Government, and can be accessed at the National Library of Medicine website.
For more information on brain tumouring, visit the ANUs website.