All brain tumor patients need support of their family and friends.
Tumors anywhere in the body are bad enough. But a tumor in the brain is especially mysterious, onerous and terrifying. The brain, after all, is the organ through which individuals interact with the world. The unique ways in which an individual thinks, acts and feels are all governed by the specifics of their brain patterns and functions.
A brain tumor may forever change a person’s life. A brain tumor also affects people close to the patient: family, friends, employers and co-workers. Their lives will dramatically change, as well. Many will go through the classic stages of grief associated with loss: disbelief, anger, acceptance and depression.
A brain tumor diagnosis is a painful time for everyone involved. But there really isn’t time to go through the shock and grief that this news brings. What is needed is action and direction to treat the brain tumor and return to health.
Following is a basic plan for someone newly diagnosed with a brain tumor. Dealing with your brain tumor will be your full time job. Here, in order of importance, is what you must do now:
- Find an experienced neurosurgeon
- Get your insurance company busy
- Get help for your family
- Get additional opinions on the pathology
- Get educated about brain tumors — especially the tumor type you have
- Find a good neuro-oncologist and radiation oncologist with experience in brain tumors