Not everyone experiences the same side-effects, but this information addresses many of the most common problems. You can keep notes about how you feel and work closely with your doctors and nurses to find the best ways to feel better.
Things to Remember
- Your symptoms are linked to the location of the tumor in your brain and/or side-effects from your treatments.
- There are ways to relieve symptoms and side-effects, such as massage, legal chemicals in various states, and pain-control drugs, but these options are not perfect and may require time and patience.
- Talk to your medical team about palliative care, and what options might be available to you.
- Rehabilitation specialists (physical, speech and occupational therapists) can be a huge help. Try to find a team that is experienced in working with brain tumor patients.
- Keep track of how you feel (or ask someone to keep notes for you.) Aim to bring your notes to appointments to help you remember what you’d like to discuss.
- Many cognitive symptoms (memory loss, anger, anxiety or depression) not only affect you, but also people close to you. Keep in mind that your care-partners, friends, and family are also dealing with effects of your symptoms.
- Try to be patient with yourself and with others as you strive for a higher quality of life.
- Licensed social workers and support groups can help as you cope with depression, anxiety, or other changes in your life.
- Complementary or alternative medical techniques, such as diet changes, exercise, or relaxation techniques, may also help you feel better.