Thursday, May 23, 2024

Raising public awareness on brain tumor can curb morbidity

While a common myth persists in the minds that any surgical procedure of the brain mostly leaves people with permanent paralysis or in a vegetative state, there is a dire need to raise awareness among the common masses about the latest minimally invasive intervention procedures and hi-tech equipment, which has minimal risk and are highly safe procedures.

With recent advancements made in the field of neurosurgery, minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of Brain tumors have been emerging as one of the best methods of treatment. At Least 45% of the brain tumors are non-cancerous and can be completely removed, therefore, timely treatment can lead to the patients having a
normal survival and normal function.

Timely surgery is very important, as this can not only cure the symptoms of tumors but also prevent other fatal complications. At times patients and their loved ones fear the complications of surgery and opt for alternative methods of treatment which may
end up in worsening the condition.

“With recent advancements made in the field of neurosurgery, minimally invasive
procedures for the treatment of Brain tumors have been emerging as one of the best
methods of treatment. Endoscopic brain tumor surgical procedure allows neurosurgeons to easily find and treat the conditions that are deep within the brain or
are accessible through the nose”. Neuronavigation integrated with functional brain mapping , fluorescent microscope ,ultrasonic aspirator all help in maximal/ complete resection of tumor with minimal/no damage to normal brain, other non invasive procedures which are commonly used are LITT[laser induced  ablation tumor therapy], GAMMA KNIFE Said Dr. Sachin Kandhari, Senior Neurosurgeon and Managing Director, IBS Hospital, New Delhi

Being the 10th leading cause of morbidity in India, the incidences of the deadly disease is on an exponential rise and different kinds of tumors manifest at different
age groups. These tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous. When a benign or malignant tumor grows, they cause immense pressure in the brain which
manifests as headache, altered sensorium, weakness in any part of the body. Speech disturbances, imbalance depending on location of tumor , making it a life-threatening complication due to gradual brain damage.

As per the Globocan 2018 report, issued by the International Association of Cancer Registries (IARC) associated with the World Health Organization (WHO), in India over 28,000 new brain tumor cases were reported annually.  Around 24,000 patients lost their lives battling this neurological ailment.

“Latest generation MRI scans have the potential to accurately position the site of tumor in the brain. Further with the assistance of Functional MRI (f-MRI) even the functional areas of the brain can be traced with accuracy without affecting the adjoining healthy cells.” He added

Recent Articles

Related Stories

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay on op - Ge the daily news in your inbox