Saturday, October 22, 2011
A controversial debate I agree but as I said earlier, it still makes sense to me to use a hands free mobile or text and restrict useage to only when necessary.
Enjoy the weekend everyone.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I was very lucky and my neurosurgeon was the first to make comment that he wished more doctors were like mine and acted quickly but my symptoms included a uncontrollable twitching leg nerve which suggested to my doctor something neurological and epileptic in manner.
I'm not suggesting that only people having seizures in the clinic waiting room will be diagnosed correctly straight away and I feel that maybe many doctors are criticised unfairly when you consider that brain tumours cannot be seen and are still a fairly rare condition. If you think that out of 1000 people complaining of similar symptoms that only one or maybe 2 would have a brain tumour it must be pretty difficult to get it right straight away each time.
I think the trick here is to make yourself heard and explain exactly what you are feeling and what is happening to your body. Its no good saying I feel a little tired this week and think I may need my eyes testing again because I'm experiencing a few headaches. Help yourself by monitoring what is happening. If you are experiencing anything that is unusual for you and you are concerned about it then be persistent and insist on it being investigated.
I have said it before in earlier posts but it pays to be in tune with your own body!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Presented by Dr Thomas Steineke, at the Diagnosis Brain Tumor - You Are NOT AloneIII conference, 2009
The brain tumors mentioned in this video are as follows:
Benign Brain Tumours
Keyhole & Minimally invasive techniques
In Summary re Meningioma Brain Tumors
90% are grade 1 or benign
With these tumours - if they are able to take them all out - IT IS A CURE!
5-7% are atypical - ie more aggressive and can turn into a malignant tumour
3-5% are malignant
Incidence: 2 in 100,000 - instance rises with age
This figure is probably higher as many are not found until autopsy
Meningiomas are more prevalent in women
History of radiation treatment
Cell phones ?? Not conclusive - use ear pieces (sensible suggestion)
Presentation - Meningioma Symptoms
Certain symptoms are associated with tumours in certain places.
Meningiomas symptoms are caused by the tumor pressing on the brain
If it is easily removed then you have A CURE
Unfortunately many benign tumours are in places that are not easy to get to i.e. behind the optic nerve
Observation and scans for - slow growing and small tumours
Surgery - larger tumours/symptomatic which have immediate and long term cure therefore less follow up needed
Gamma Knife - less than 3cm not near optic nerves with good long term control
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Don't like to mention it yet as it is only October, however it will be upon us before we know it and it's getting earlier each year so without further ado and because, as you know I love to promote this charity that does so much good, Christmas cards - There, I've said it (Sorry!)