Jammu, June 30:
To dispel misconceptions about neurosurgery and also spread awarenessa about various treatment procedures, experts from Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals held a camp in Jammu today.
The camp was held under the supervision of Dr Sudheer Kumar Tyagi, Senior Consultant, Neurosurgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.
Dr Tyagi spoke about various forms of brain tumours and how doctors have found innovative treatment methods to deal with neurological ailments.
“Brain tumour is a growth of abnormal cells spread inside or around the brain. Though the reasons for their development are not fully known, some factors increase their risk. For example, the risk of certain types of brain tumour increases due to genetic and environmental causes. In some cases, brain tumours were found to be associated with exposure to X-rays in children,” Dr Sudheer Kumar Tyagi revealed.
Elaborating, Dr Tyagi said, “Tumours can be benign or malignant, that is, cancerous. The latter can only be treated via surgery, besides radiation therapy or chemotherapy (or sometimes both) after surgery.”
Once the surgery is done, a sample of the tumour is analysedby experts to deduce the future course of treatment and the possibility of recurrence. Typically, brain tumour surgeries are complex, requiringthe intervention of highly-experienced doctors.
Added Dr Tyagi, “Such surgeries have become safer now as doctors can accurately determine the size and location of the tumour before and during surgery by using neuro-navigation technology.
This helps in extracting the tumour without damaging surrounding healthy tissues, ensuring speedy recovery of the patient without additional complications.”
Image guided brain surgeriesare most helpful in specific cases. New techniques of imaging introduced during treatment – e.g., 3TESLA (MRI, PET MRI and Functional MRI) – have brought about a revolutionary change in identifying the type of braintumour and its exact location.