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Gamma Knife Surgery for Malignant Glioma

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Gamma knife surgery for malignant glioma uses radiation to remove a tumor in your brain.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, or have chest pain.
  • You cough up blood.
  • You fainted or had a seizure.
  • Your face is getting numb or you cannot move your arms or legs.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You have a fever, stiff neck, or eye pain, especially when you look directly at lights.
  • You have a severe headache that does not go away even after you take pain medicine.
  • You have trouble seeing, talking, or thinking clearly.
  • Your symptoms come back or get worse.

Call your doctor or surgeon if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

  • Medicines may be given to relieve pain or nausea. You may also need medicines to prevent seizures or a bacterial infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your doctor or surgeon as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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