Life after a Brain Tumour

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After undergoing surgery without any complications and in combination with effective adjuvant treatments, patients can follow a normal personal and working life after resting for a period indicated by their medical team.

Follow-up visits with the oncologist and/or neurosurgeon normally provide sufficient monitoring.

Patients who suffer epileptic seizures or who are taking anti-epileptic medication are advised to avoid activities that could cause trauma, nor should they drive vehicles or go unaccompanied.

Regarding the surgical wound site, during the first 2–3 weeks, patients must avoid or protect themselves from exposure to the sun and check the area for signs of infection.

With the exception of specific cases in which any post-treatment cognitive and physical deficits need to be assessed, patients can gradually return to work under the supervision of their healthcare team.

Physical exercise and diet

Patients must be careful during the first 2–3 weeks of the post-operative period and follow the active convalescence recommendations, i.e., they may walk, stand and recover progressively but must avoid overexerting themselves and trying to complete normal day-to-day activities.

From the third week onwards, if necessary, patients will receive specific rehabilitation therapy to treat any deficits.

Physical exercise may be initiated one month after surgery (again it must be progressive, with increases of no more than 10% per week). There are no specific recommendations concerning diet and so patients should follow a balanced, healthy diet.

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Substantiated information by:

Josep Juan González Sanchez
Sergio García García
Verónica Mato Pin

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

The donations that can be done through this webpage are exclusively for the benefit of Hospital Clínic of Barcelona through Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica and not for BBVA Foundation, entity that collaborates with the project of PortalClínic.


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