When you first hear the words “brain tumor”, it is not unusual for you to feel stunned, confused, overwhelmed and scared. But quickly, you will start to rebound and ask, “What do I do next?”
Some people find it challenging to sort and prioritize all the reams of information at the doctor’s office, in books, and over the Internet. Others immediately take the helm and begin to navigate through the myriad of care options and treatments that are available. Whichever way you start your journey, it helps to know that you can reach out to an experienced resource – the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) – for guidance, support and solid insights.
As you move forward, you will need to make essential decisions to help you make the right turns on this trip. Through this section, you – and those who are most affected by your diagnosis – can discover how to research medical journals, refine your search, prepare for your first appointment, talk to your healthcare team, evaluate your care options, speak to a specialist, and get a second option.
In addition, we’ll give you insights on how to eat well, stay fit, and prepare for a return to work if that is your desire. Together, we can help keep your mind and body prepared for challenging weeks and months ahead.