HEALTH ALERT!  For the safety of our patients and staff, effective March 30, 2020, new patients and patients with disabilities will be permitted one visitor over the age of 15. No other visitors will be permitted into the clinic.  Family members and caretakers may participate in the appointments remotely by phone or video conference if desired. Compass is working with other health care providers in the area to help contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus. We are taking active steps to minimize your exposure to the virus. These steps include screening everyone who enters the clinic for signs of illness, banning most visitors in the clinic, minimizing our own staffing and allowing some employees to work from home, and frequent sanitation of the clinic. We are using personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, gloves, and face-shields according to national guidelines. We are working to identify those patients whose visits or treatments can be safely delayed, and we will notify you of this if you have an upcoming visit.  We ask that you stay home if you have fever and/or cough.

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Signs and Symptoms of Brain Tumors

Signs and symptoms of brain cancer can be either general or specific and depend on:

  • Where the tumor forms in the brain or spinal cord
  • The size of the tumor
  • What the affected part of the brain controls

General symptoms of brain cancer are caused when the tumor is putting pressure on the brain or spinal cord. Specific symptoms are caused when the tumor is inhibiting the function of a specific part of the brain.

General symptoms of brain cancer may include:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Extreme drowsiness and fatigue
  • Headaches that are severe or worsen with activity or during early morning hours
  • Seizures
  • Significant changes to memory or personality
  • Sudden inability to walk or perform daily activities
  • Nausea or vomiting

Certain symptoms, such as drowsiness, nausea, or fatigue could be related to conditions other than brain cancer. However, if you notice them in combination together or with any of the other symptoms listed, be sure to schedule an appointment with your physician.

Specific symptoms of brain cancer may include:

  • Aching or pressure in the head area
  • Altered perception of touch or pressure; such as confusion with right and left sides of the body
  • Changes in vision, including partial vision loss or double vision
  • Difficulty with fine motor skills
  • Extreme changes in judgment, motivation, or sluggishness
  • Hard time swallowing, along with weakness or numbness in the face
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Sudden changes in speech, hearing, memory, or emotional state
  • New growths in hands and/or feet
  • Unexplained loss of balance
  • Unexpected lactation (secretion of breast milk) or changes in menstrual periods, in women