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Table of Contents CHAPTER 1 / THE EMPOWERED APPROACH.............................1

You are not alone.................................................................................................. 3 Gaining control..................................................................................................... 3 10 actions you can take......................................................................................... 4

C H A P T E R 2 / U N D E R S TA N D I N G B R A I N T U M O R S ................................. 5

What is a brain tumor?.......................................................................................... 7 Defining brain tumors........................................................................................... 7 Diagnosing a brain tumor..................................................................................... 9 The treatment team............................................................................................. 14

C H A P T E R 3 / T R E AT M E N T O P T I O N S.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Empowered communication............................................................................... 18 Basic treatments & medications used for brain tumors..................................... 19 Long-term planning............................................................................................ 29 Managing late effects.......................................................................................... 30 Hospice............................................................................................................... 30 C H A P T E R 4 / M AN AG I N G C OM M ON SI DE E FFE CTS............................. 31

Location matters................................................................................................. 32 Learn what to expect after your treatment.. ........................................................ 34 Rehabilitating physical symptoms................................................................... 35 Headaches........................................................................................................ 36 Seizures............................................................................................................ 36


Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Brain Tumors