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After the initial shock of a cancer diagnosis, most brain cancer patients want to know what steps are necessary for treatment. It’s important to ask questions about brain cancer treatment options and understand the side affects for each.
Factors that determine brain cancer treatment include where the tumor is located and what size it is. Other factors include whether or not the cancer is a primary or secondary one that spread to the brain. According to MayoClinic.com, primary brain tumors are much less common than secondary brain tumors. So a brain cancer patient may already be receiving cancer treatments for a primary cancer, and may need extra emotional support after learning the cancer has spread.
As with many types of cancer treatments, brain cancer treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of therapies. The type of cancer treatments a patient agrees to only answers part of the questions. Decisions must be made about how long the patient will wait to receive treatment, which facility best serves the patient's needs, and whether or not the patient chooses further diagnostic testing.
Rushing into brain cancer treatment and deciding later it was not the right one will cause undue stress to an already emotionally charged situation. Taking time to make an informed decision for the best outcome is critical.