Brain Tumors: Cognitive and Emotional Symptoms and Side Eff

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Presented by [NAME]. Overview of cognitive/emotional symptoms. Affects more than half (50%) of patients with malignant brain tumors. Causes. From the tumor itself: symptoms based on tumor size/location. ID: 595782 Download Presentation

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Brain Tumors: Cognitive and Emotional Symptoms and Side Effects

Presented by [NAME]

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Overview of cognitive/emotional symptoms

Affects more than half (50%) of patients with malignant brain tumors

Causes

From the tumor itself: symptoms based on tumor size/location

From treatment: Fatigue, nausea, memory loss

Permanent or temporary?

Difficult to talk about

Stigma/embarrassment

“Normal” for care team

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Common tumor symptoms

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Symptoms – correspond to tumor location and size & type of tumor

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Frontal tumors

Mood, problem solvingShort-term memory

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Parietal tumors

Left/right confusion

Language/arithmetic

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Tumor treatmentsEmotional trauma (“I have brain tumor!”)FatigueMedications

Other causes of changes

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Emotional/personalityDepression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsiveMood swings, behavioral changesLearning/memoryShort-term memory lossDifficulty processing informationAttention/concentrationConfusion, difficulty planningExecutive functioningIrrationalityImpaired judgement

Types of neuropsychological changes

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SignsFeelings of sadness or unhappinessIrritability or frustration, even over small mattersLoss of interest or pleasure in normal activitiesReduced sex driveInsomnia or excessive sleepingChanges in appetiteAgitation or restlessness Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentrationFatigueFrequent thoughts of death, dying or suicideCrying spells for no apparent reasonUnexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

Depression

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MANAGING COGNITIVE EFFECTS

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OverstimulationIdentify sourcesTake a breakMemory lossCalendars/organizers/checklistsRoutinesAggression

Difficulties and solutions

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Speech and language therapyCognitive rehabilitation therapyTalk therapyMedication

Professional treatment options

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Specialist: speech-language pathologistInitial testingPhysical examSpoken examTreatmentExercises/activitiesNew techniques

Speech and language therapy

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Retrains the brainSpecialist: “CRT”Initial evaluationInterviewQuestionnaire, observationTreatmentReestablish/develop new cognitive skillsGeared towards day-to-day independence

Cognitive rehabilitation therapy

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Depression affects up to 40%Specialists: Psychiatrist, psychologistNeuropsychologistSocial workerSupport groupsLocalOnline

Psychotherapy/talk therapy

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Help with depression, concentration/attentionPrescribersDoctor/primary physicianNeuro-oncologistPsychiatristNeuropsychiatrist

Medication

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Managing cognitive/psychological symptoms

Wide variety of physical symptomsType, severity of tumorManagement byKeeping a logTalking to care teamBring up the topicWell known/understood by care teamPatient isn’t “crazy”Treatments can help

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Contact information

Phone: 1-800-886-ABTA (2282)Email: abtacares@abta.orgOnline: www.abta.org www.facebook.com/theABTA www.twitter.com/theABTA


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