Oncology nurse Eileen Tiernan works with integrative medicine specialists to help patients cope with brain cancer symptoms and treatment side effects.
Signs and symptoms of low-grade glioma tend to develop when the tumor gets to the point that it pushes on, or even damages, healthy brain tissue. The area around the tumor then swells. Sometimes the tumor gets in the way of the normal flow of fluid around the brain and spinal cord.
What you experience with low-grade glioma often relates to where in the brain the tumor develops. Your ability to move, see, or speak the way you normally do may be affected, for example.
Signs and symptoms of low-grade gliomas include:
- problems speaking or expressing yourself
- physical weakness, often on one side of the body
- imbalance or difficulty walking
- problems with your vision, such as not being able to see to the right or the left the way you normally do (a restricted field of vision)
If you experience one or more of these symptoms and are not sure what’s causing them, contact your doctor.