Expectations After Brain Tumor Treatment


[MUSIC] Well, after treatment there are sort of
two stages following treatment. One is of course after a surgery, and then
if somebody’s gonna get radiation and chemo therapy, what happens after after
that particular treatment. I think that the, the key with any brain
tumor diagnosis in, in terms of what you know, a person can expect is that
they’re gonna have regular MRI scans. The frequency of those MRI scans varies
depending on the diagnosis. If it’s something that has a little more propensity or frequency in terms of
changing or growing, those MRI scans are gonna be closer together, maybe even two months
apart. If the problem is a, slower course, a more benign type problem, the scans may be
every three or four months, then stretched out
to every six months, and even a once a year scan. But one thing that people can count on is that, once they have that diagnosis,
whether they have surgery or not, they’re gonna get regular MRI
scans, because that’s our best way to monitor what’s happening
with the tumor. Following surgery itself, people obviously
have their stitches or their staples removed. If it’s a problem that requires additional
treatment they would, you know, be sent to see the oncologist or
radiation doctor, usually people are back to work around a
month. It does vary a little bit depending on the
job that the person does. We see, by two or three weeks, people are
feeling pretty much back to normal in terms of
their energy states. A lot of that depends, of course, on where
the tumor’s located and how the tumor might be affecting
different parts of their brain. So, there’s a lot of variability in that
particular issue. The, the normal stay in the hospital is
around three days, plus or minus a day, depending again on location,
diagnosis and some other factors. But the goal is to get people through the
process quickly. Get them back to their normal living
environment and get them back to, to their normal level of function
as quickly as possible. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO]