Development in treatment options and latest technologies to treat brain tumour

Bangalore: According to National Health Portal, India (NHP), the incidence and prevalence of brain tumour is growing in the country. The incidence (newly diagnosed cases of cancer in a year) of Brain Tumours in India is about 2 patients per 1,00,000 population, while the mortality rate (deaths due to brain cancer) is a little less than 2 patients per 1,00,000 population.

The combination of technological and medical innovations has helped in the development of treatment options for brain tumour. Keeping this in mind, doctors from Columbia Asia Hospitals are raising awareness about the subject on World brain tumour day.
“Technology has helped in brain tumour surgery by making it more accurate and yield better results. For instance, use of navigation in surgery helps doctor to remove tumour completely. Newer drugs, chemotherapy and latest radiation options like cyber knife and gamma knife has made it better for brain cancer. With the use of a good anaesthesia, doctors can even do surgery while the patient is awake,” said Dr. Arjun Srivatsa, Senior Consultant – Neurosurgery, Columbia Asia Hospitals, Bangalore.

Brain tumour can occur at any age and can involve any part of the brain. “In older people, sudden slowdown of actions can be a warning sign for presence brain tumour. Sometimes a stroke can also be a possible symptom of a person suffering from brain tumour, “added the doctor.

Some of the common symptoms of a brain tumour include:

Change in the pattern of headaches
Unexplained nausea or vomiting
Vision problems such as blurred vision, double vision or peripheral vision
Headache and seizures
Speech problems or weakness in limbs depending upon the area the tumour involves
A CT scan (computerized tomography) is done to diagnose a brain tumour, followed by an MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging). The latter is generally considered as the gold standard for the diagnosis of brain tumour as it provides accurate details on the tumour.
 Dr. Arjun Srivatsa who sees around 200 - 300 cases of brain tumour in a year, stresses the importance of timely treatment and correct medical expertise for treating brain tumour. “Any symptom should not be neglected and immediate consultation with an expert should
be done without delay,” added the doctor.

About Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.
Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. is the only company in India to utilize 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) route in the hospital sector.

About Columbia Asia Group of Companies
The Columbia Asia Group is owned by more than 150 private equity companies, fund management organizations and individual investors. The group currently operates eleven facilities in India and has presence in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Mysore, Patiala and Pune. The company also operates hospitals in Malaysia (11), Vietnam (3), and Indonesia (3). The Indian management operations are managed from its office in Bangalore.