Download Childhood Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors A Guide for Families, by Tania Shiminski-Maher, Patsy McGuire Cullen, Maria Sansalone PDF

By Tania Shiminski-Maher, Patsy McGuire Cullen, Maria Sansalone

Adolescence mind & Spinal twine Tumors, the main entire father or mother consultant on hand, comprises specified and targeted scientific information regarding either benign and malignant mind and spinal twine tumors that strike teenagers and kids. additionally, it bargains day by day functional suggestion on tips on how to deal with strategies, hospitalization, friends and family, tuition, social and monetary concerns, conversation, emotions and, if remedy isn't profitable, the tricky problems with loss of life and bereavement. Woven one of the scientific information and the sensible recommendation are the voices of folks and youngsters who've lived with melanoma and its remedies. As many oldsters have already chanced on, recommendation from "veteran" mom and dad could be a lifeline. acquiring a easy figuring out of issues corresponding to scientific terminology, how medications paintings, universal unintended effects of chemotherapy, and the way to paintings extra successfully with clinical body of workers can purely enhance the standard of existence for the full kin ache besides their baby. Having mom and dad describe their very own emotional ups and downs, how they coped, and the way they molded their kinfolk lifestyles round hospitalizations could be a super convenience. simply figuring out that there are different young children on chemotherapy who refuse to consume something yet tacos or who've common rages could make one consider much less on my own. mom and dad who learn this publication will come upon scientific evidence easily defined, recommendation to ease their everyday life, and instruments to be a robust recommend for his or her baby. comprises huge assets and a pull-out scientific record-keeper.

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There Jamie saw an ophthalmologist who checked for optic nerve swelling, an orthoptist who checked acuity, and a visual function specialist, who found a complete loss of left-sided peripheral vision. The field cut is especially noticeable when he’s in new environments, and he bumps into things on the left, although mostly he remembers to make the extra effort to turn his head to check out things on that side. THE BRAIN 25 The following table summarizes the symptoms associated with tumors in various parts of the brain.

Over 22 CHAPTER 2: THE BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD PostScript error (undefined, ndDa Figure 2-4 . Functions of the 12 cranial nerves the next two months, Paul’s balance deteriorated. By October he could no longer walk. Our family doctor sent us to see a neurologist. On the day of our appointment, we went to the neurologist and were told we didn’t have an appointment, that we would have to reschedule. The nurse had forgotten to write us in the book. I insisted we be seen and we sat in the THE BRAIN 23 office until the doctor saw us.

From the CNS to the body The brain and spinal cord communicate with the rest of the body via nerves, thin strings of tough fiber that extend throughout the body. The brainstem and spinal cord branch off into many nerves that carry information to and from every part of the body. Together, these nerves are known as the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system carries commands from the central nervous system to various body parts and returns information gathered from your senses. For example, nerves close to the skin’s surface are sensitive to touch and tell the brain if they notice FROM THE CNS TO THE BODY 29 Cyst Tumor Cyst Figure 2-6.

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