Long-term follow-up examinations are critical for people who have had brain tumors such as low-grade glioma. Not only can these tumors recur, but some can transform into more serious high-grade tumors. Side effects from brain tumors and their treatment are also common.
Following surgery for a low-grade glioma at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, you will have an MRI scan to determine exactly how much of the tumor was removed and to help plan further treatment. Periodic MRI scans are also performed after radiation therapy and chemotherapy to watch for any new tumor growth.
If follow-up examinations reveal a recurrence of your tumor, several options are available. Our multidisciplinary team may consider more surgery, radiation therapy, standard chemotherapy, or therapies offered through clinical trials. In considering your treatments, we place a high priority on maintaining your quality of life as much as possible.
Regardless of the symptoms of the tumor and the type of treatment you undergo, our rehabilitation experts can work with neurologists and other members of your clinical team to help you manage any physical changes that you experience during or after your treatment.
Depending on its location, a brain tumor can cause weakness, loss of balance, speech problems, and loss of vision. Physical and occupational rehabilitation can help to address these side effects, and are an important part of the care we provide.
Based on a comprehensive evaluation that we do following surgery, our team will teach you and your family about:
- Precautions you should take while walking and moving around, which may sometimes include using a cane or walker
- Exercises to help get you stronger and more stable in terms of balance and endurance
- Techniques to preserve your energy
- Learn more about rehabilitation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.