The Doctors: Is It a Brain Tumor?
Laura, a patient who had a mole on her forehead all her life, started to get concerned when something started growing underneath it, even after her doctor told her not to worry. On The Doctors, Laura said that it felt like the bump was attached to her skull. Would know if you had Brain Tumor Symptoms?
A doctor told her it was not a big deal, but a dermatologist agreed to do a biopsy, which came back negative. She kept insisting that something wasn’t right, and finally she connected with a doctor who did an MRI and found a tumor that was growing toward her brain.
UCLA’s Dr Isaac Yang said she had a brain tumor on the surface of her brain in the left frontal lobe, which could cause vision complications and spread in the body. He performed a tumor excision procedure, cutting behind her hairline to peel the scalp down to the eyebrows.
The Drs TV: Tumor Excision Procedure
Once inside, graphic video of the surgery revealed that the tumor was solid. I couldn’t tell much of a difference between the tumor and the rest of the brain, so I don’t know how these guys do this! Once it was removed, the wanted to look around and see if anything had spread.
Dr Yang and Laura were in The Doctors studio, just three weeks after her surgery. He said that the fact that Laura’s mass was growing was his biggest cause for alarm. Using a model, he showed where the tumor was located and how it was growing, into the brain and out toward the scalp.
Using a thin metal plate, he covered the hole in her skull to get rid of the bump and successfully reconstruct her forehead. Dr Travis Stork compared Laura’s before-and-after MRIs, and Yang said her tumor was benign and should not come back. Laura said she felt “fantastic” about her outcome.
The Doctors: Common Brain Tumor Symptoms
Here’s what you should watch for if you think you might have a brain tumor.
- Numbness of Limbs
- Lack of Concentration
- Changes in Vision/Speech/Hearing
- Balance Problems
Dr Stork reminded everyone that it was coincidental that Laura’s mole was in the same place as this tumor, but that the key was she noticed her body changing.
“You live with your body 24 hours, seven days a week,” Dr Yang said. “You know your body best, better than doctors.”