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World Brain Tumour Day 2018: Prevention and treatment

A balanced diet would help improve the immunity to fight the adverse effects of brain tumour.

Brain tumour affects about 2 percent of people in the world. It is one of those uncommon ailments that can be life threatening. This World Brain Tumour Day, we look at where we are heading to in terms of treatment and a lot more.

Dr Arjun Srivatsa, Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon - Columbia Asia Hospitals says, 'Brain tumours account for nearly 2 % of all tumours and this is increasing as we have better diagnostic abilities. Overall one could say it is not very common but for the 2% population it can be devastating.' Read: Brain tumours can be benign or malignant, and can affect any portion of the brain, skull, spinal cord and vertebrae.

The minute someone comes to experts with a diagnosis of brain tumour, the first thing they do is counselling. 'Counselling them that their life is not over is the most important thing to be conveyed.' Modern science and available treatment protocols has changed the outcomes and that needs to be conveyed to a patients. For some reason, there is a sense of hopelessness in patients when told about it so this has to be addressed first, explains Dr Srivatsa.

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Lifestyle and Brain tumour

'There is no direct link between lifestyle habits and brain tumour but they can adversely affect the prognosis of it.' Read: Does sleeping with a mobile phone next to your head cause brain tumour and cancer?

There has been some link between radiation in the atmosphere and also exposure to chemicals used in household items but this has not been proved. Generally, a healthy lifestyle would help a patient to combat the effects of a brain tumour.

Here's a list of thing that could help prevention and treatment of it:

Once you have a brain tumour - apart from the treatment - a balanced diet would help improve the immunity which would belong fight the effects of the brain tumour and its treatment effects. Apart from that there is no direct link to nutrition.

Honestly, there is no real direct way of preventing a brain tumour. There have been some studies linking many outside causes but it is recommended.

- healthy lifestyle including diet and exercises

- avoid habitats near high tension wires

- avoid constant cell phone use

- keep children away from radiation

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