How do I care for someone with a brain tumor?

Caring for someone with a brain tumor may have its challenges. You may see the person going through mental changes and having issues with communicating and daily functioning. You may need to provide lots of hands-on care as a brain tumor is being treated. Surgery is a strong possibility with brain tumors, and you will have to prepare the person for surgery and deal with the time afterward. There may be chemotherapy or radiation treatments and the side effects of these could be difficult on your loved one. Physical therapy may be needed on an ongoing basis following the diagnosis of a brain tumor. While some people can survive brain tumors and go on to live a healthy life, many do not, so you may need to face the issues of keeping your family member comfortable if the brain tumor gets to the point that it is untreatable. You may have legal and financial decisions to tend to on behalf of the person.

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