Ensuring the right recovery support after brain tumor treatment is an important part of your return to full health. The aftercare needed will depend on many aspects of your condition, including your diagnosis, the type of treatment performed and your general health.
Brain tumor surgery will likely require a hospital stay. Most people recover fairly quickly after surgery, and can go home after just a few days. However, surgery may also mean needing follow-up treatments of radiation or chemotherapy. Radiation treatments or a course of chemotherapy treatment could take several weeks or months.
If your brain tumor has caused damage to the affected area of the brain, rehabilitation may be needed. In all cases, continued monitoring and regular appointments with your doctor are necessary to make sure you’re healing properly, and that the tumor does not show signs of returning.
You should contact your brain tumor surgeon immediately if you notice any of the following:
- Severe headache
- Fever or chills
- Severe nausea or vomiting
- Weakness, numbness or loss of sensation
- Confusion or memory lapses
- Seizures, if the patient has not had one before
- Seizures that are worse or more frequent than before surgery
- Worsening neurological problems