Understanding Adult Brain Cancer - Ependymoma
The ependyma is a delicate cellular membrane which outlines the central canal of the spinal cord and the hollow cavities inside the brain. The tumor cells form a round and elongated structure which forms more or less like a gland. Ependymomas are known to form about 5% of adult gliomas of the central nervous system. These tumors may obstruct the flow of cerebrospinal fluid which causes vomiting, headache and this obstruction may also cause hydrocephalus. The other symptoms include a general loose of appetite, trouble in sleeping, and a probable inability to distinguish colors, disorderly twitching, seeing odd lines when there is too much of light and also momentary memory loss. Ependymomas grow in different parts of the brain and thus they relate to the area of the brain that has been affected. A tumor which affects the frontal lobe will cause a lot of changes in the mood and personality. This can result in paralysis on a certain part of the body. If a tumor affects the temporal lobe then one ca find problems with co-ordination and balance. If the tumor affects the parietal lobe then simple tasks such as writing might become difficult. Some of the symptoms will include numbness and the weakness of the limbs and one may also loose control of the bladder. The symptoms will be formed on the basis of which part of the spine is affected.
For the effective prognosis of this type of tumor you doctor will have to find the type, position and the exact size of the tumor. This can be found out by conducting a number of tests. To give an accurate diagnosis a biopsy has to be conducted. In this process a number of cells are taken from the tumor and then are looked under a microscope. The process of biopsy involves an operation. Other types of tests which are undertaken include the neurological examination, the CT scan or the computerized tomography scan, MRI scan or the magnetic resonance imaging and another process known as the lumbar puncture.
The proper treatment of this type of disorder will depend on a number of things. The sizes of the tumor, your overall health, the position of the tumor are some tings which play a major role in getting rid of the disease. There are a number of risks associated with your treatment and these risks will be clearly discussed by your doctor. Before having a surgery your doctor will explain to you the pros and cons of the surgery and also will explain the ultimate aims involved. You will have to sign a consent form before undergoing the procedure or surgery. The potential benefits of the treatment or a possible surgery will depend on the individual situation. The very though of a tumor affecting the brain is very disturbing. It is normal experience a whole range of negative emotions. You might want to participate in support services and support groups. You can interact with a number of people who have been victims of the same disorder. You can always rely on your close family and friends for love and support.