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Open Brain Surgery with Chemotherapy for Malignant Glioma
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Open brain surgery with chemotherapy for malignant glioma is surgery to remove a tumor from your brain.
- Medicines can help decrease pain or swelling or prevent 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 healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to return to have your sutures, staples, or chemo medicine removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Eat a variety of healthy foods:
Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. You may need to eat more calories than usual. Work with a dietitian to plan the best meals and snacks for you. Ask if you should add vitamins to your diet. Healthy foods can help do any of the following:
- Provide the protein, carbohydrates, and other nutrients your body needs
- Help you feel better during treatment and decrease treatment side effects
- Decrease your risk for infection
- Help you have more energy and feel stronger
- Help you maintain a healthy weight and heal more quickly
Care for your wound as directed:
When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- Your symptoms come back or become worse.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- 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 medicines.
- You suddenly cannot see, talk, or think clearly.
- You have a seizure.
- Your face is getting numb or you cannot move your arms or legs.
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