Memorial Sloan Kettering experts -- radiologist and cancer survivor Laura Liberman, psychiatrist Matthew Doolittle, and psychologist Katherine DuHamel -- discuss apprehension about scans and procedures, and offer tips to identify and manage “scanxiety.”
As an outpatient physical therapist at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Sebi Varghese is at the forefront of developing creative new approaches to rehabilitation for cancer patients.
If you’ve been treated for a primary brain tumor, it’s very important to continue seeing us for follow-up examinations. These exams help us keep watch for possible signs of the cancer coming back, keep a watch on side effects, and monitor your health overall.
After surgery, you’ll have an MRI scan to determine how much of the tumor was removed and whether you need more treatment. Periodic scans are also done after radiation therapy and chemotherapy to watch for any new tumor growth.
If the cancer does come back, our experts can offer you several treatment options.
Depending on your situation, we may also recommend additional surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or treatments offered through clinical trials. Maintaining your quality of life will be an important factor and we will work closely with you and your loved ones to figure out the best option for you.
Your doctor can usually prescribe antiseizure medication. If you take chemotherapy drugs, your doctor may be able to prescribe antiseizure medications that reduce the chance of a dangerous drug interaction. Our doctors can use an electroencephalogram (EEG) to monitor the electrical activity of your brain waves. EEGs can often be done in a routine visit to your neurologist.
If you experience ongoing seizures, your neurologist may recommend an EEG to monitor your brain waves. EEGs provide valuable information that our neurologists can use to improve your seizure control. This information may also help guide our surgeons in removing brain or tumor tissue believed to be responsible for the seizures.