Rehabilitation & Nervous System Tumors
Because of the effects of nervous system tumors or treatments, rehabilitation is often an important part of recovery. Occupational rehabilitation involves restoring the patient's normal daily functioning, from working with the hands to driving.
Physical therapy involves improving strength and motor function. Speech and language therapy may be used to restore the patient's ability to speak clearly and cognitive therapy can help the patient with short-term memory loss.
Specialists can help patients with vision, balance, or facial paralysis. Vocational therapy can help the patient re-enter the workplace.
Self-help for Patients with Nervous System Tumors
An important part of living with and recovering from a nervous system tumor is emotional well-being. Many patients benefit from joining a support group and/or seeing a counselor or psychotherapist to deal with stress and emotional challenges. Maintaining a positive attitude, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet are important parts of feeling well.
Radiation Therapy Follow-Up
Because loss of pituitary function can be a long-term side effect of radiation therapy for nervous system tumors, endocrine evaluation may be an important part of follow-up care for patients who have received radiation. Neuropsychological testing may also be done to evaluate intellectual activity following brain tumor radiation.
Nervous System Tumor Helpful Resources
A good resource for information and contacts about brain tumors is the Brain Tumor Society. This organization can provide information to patients and families about medical resources and emotional support. The telephone support line is 1.800.770.8287.