Brain and Spinal Tumors – Recovery/Rehab

Recovery from brain surgery requires substantial rest.


The duration depends on the type of procedure. In addition, surgery is often combined with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy. While some of these treatments are administered before surgery (neoadjuvant therapy) others are administered after surgery (adjuvant therapy). These also effect the recovery process.


Longer-term recovery treatment is designed by our collaborative team of specialists. Depending on its location, a brain tumor can cause weakness, loss of balance, speech problems, and loss of vision. Various types of rehabilitation, such as physical and occupational, are important to address these side effects.


In addition, those recovering from brain tumor surgery may experience emotional or cognitive difficulties and changes. These outcomes are also dealt with by special cognitive rehabilitation therapy.


Periodic MRI scans are also performed to check for any new tumor growth.


The patient’s recovery after spinal tumor surgery and length of stay in the hospital will vary by the extent and type of surgery. Each patient responds and recovers differently.


After surgery, you may need help with daily activities. This is referred to as rehabilitation. Rehabilitation may be done in an inpatient setting, which means you are admitted to a rehab unit or hospital. It can also be done as an outpatient, which means you could receive therapy in your home or be transported to a rehab facility during the week.


The possible effects of the tumor and its treatment on your physical and mental function can range from mild to severe. After surgery, the patient may need to see a psychiatrist or psychologist to determine the extent of any damage caused by the tumor or surgery. If the patient was treated with surgery for a tumor near the base of the brain, pituitary hormone production may be affected and an endocrinologist might be recommended. If hormone levels are affected, hormone treatments to restore normal levels may be needed for the rest of your life.