Author: Dr. Shivakumar S Kupanur

8 June, 2022

On June 8th of every year World Brain Tumor Day is observed as an awareness event to educate the public about Brain Tumor all over the world.


Since 2000, this day has been commemorated every year on 8th June and 2022 will observe the 21st anniversary of the World Brain Tumor Day.

There are lots of myths and misconceptions about brain tumors among the general population and we take this opportunity to discuss some basic facts.

  •  Brain tumors may originate from neural elements within the brain itself, or they may represent spread of distant cancers from any other organ of the body
  • The incidence of central nervous system (CNS) tumors in India ranges from 5 to 10 per 100,000 populations with an increasing trend and accounts for 2% of malignancies.

What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

Brain tumors may be nonspecific and may include the following: a Headache, Altered mental status, Nausea, Vomiting, Weakness, Gait Disturbance, Focal seizures, visual changes, Speech deficits, Focal sensory abnormalities. New onset seizures in adults or a headache associated with weakness or numbness of the limbs 

How can I detect a brain tumor?

The first step is to see your doctor. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. They may also order an MRI or CT scan to confirm the diagnosis.

What can I do if I am diagnosed with a brain tumor?

If you are diagnosed with a brain tumor, the first thing you should do is speak to your doctor.

What are the available treatments for Brain tumors?

Doctors may suggest the following treatments according to their type, grade, molecular staging of the tumor and position of tumor and general health of the patient.

•                 Surgery

•                 Radiotherapy

•                 Chemotherapy

•                 Steroids

•                 Anti-seizure medication

Rehabilitation and support from friends and family are required for the optimum outcome of the patient in most cases.

World Brain Tumor Day 2022: Conclusion 

To help raise awareness and funding for research into brain tumors, we encourage everyone to take part in World Brain Tumor Day events throughout the year.

This blog has been written by Dr. Shivakumar S Kupanur, Consultant Neurosurgeon & Head of Neurosurgery Department, SPARSH Hospital Women & Children

Category: Neurology