Timely intervention and treatment are the key to tackle brain tumors
To commemorate World Brain Tumor Day, Fortis Escorts Hospital Jaipur raised awareness around the link between COVID-19 and possible neurological deficits, brain tumors and strokes. Doctors advised patients not to ignore symptoms such as persistent headaches or any related underlying health related issues as they could worsen with time (if left untreated) and likely cause death. Aligned with the theme of this year, ‘To see the people with Brain Tumor as prior and consider their stories’, doctors sensitized the public on how symptoms such as frequent headaches, unexplained nausea or vomiting, speech difficulties, confusion in everyday matters should be taken seriously and treated in a timely manner so as to catch a tumor in its early stages, arrest the development of a neurological deficient in time for it to be treated.
Dr. Neetu Ramrakhiani, Additional Director, Neurologist Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur has said, “During pandemic patients with brain tumors suffered due to lack of timely investigation. The fear of contracting the virus and the logistics involved in reaching the hospital caused a delay in seeking treatment. Additionally, we have observed that people who have mild COVID symptoms may suffer from brain fog, orientation issues and behavioral changes. We need to ensure that we take all symptoms seriously and if they occur too frequently or persist, they must be immediately brought to the attention of a medical professional.”
Mr. Neerav Bansal, Zonal Director, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan said, ‘’We at Fortis Hospital are taking utmost precautions for the treatment of non-covid patients. There is a hesitancy among the patients to visit to the hospital which needs to be addressed, so that any immediate medical investigations which are required are undertaken on time and there is no loss of life. At the start of the pandemic, we introduced video consults and tele consults with the objective of ensuring uninterrupted care to all patients – to ensure that their treatment continued without any gaps.’’
A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in your brain. Brain tumors account for 85% to 90% of all primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors. Brain tumors, like other tumors, can be either malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous). There are over 75 different types of brain tumor, so outcomes for patients can differ widely. As per the GLOBOCAN 2018 report, issued by the International Association of Cancer Registries (IARC) associated with the World Health Organization (WHO), in India over 28,000 cases of new brain tumour cases were reported annually. Around 24,000 patients lost their lives battling this neurological ailment.