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Spectrum Health- Brain Tumors

Posted at 10:55 AM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 10:54:40-04

May is Brain Tumor  Awareness month, and there are nearly 700,000 people affected in the U.S. alone.

Many different types of brain tumors exist, some brain tumors are noncancerous and some brain tumors are cancerous.

In most cases, the primary cause of the tumor is unclear. Some factors that may increase your risk of a brain tumor include your age, exposure to radiation, and family history of brain tumors.

Signs and symptoms of brain tumors include:

  • New onset or change in pattern of headaches
  • Frequent and severe headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Lost off sensation in your arm or leg
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Speech difficulties
  • Personality or behavior changes
  • Seizures
  • Hearing problems

Dr. Wendy Sherman is a specialist in Neuro-oncology, and explained at the multispecialty brain and spine tumor clinic, they meet with patients and their families to discuss treatment options, answer questions and coordinate the next steps. A nurse navigator helps guide patients through process by helping to schedule appointments and coordinate care.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sherman, you can call 616-267-7900, or call 1-8550-742-2623 for a second opinion.