Brain Tumors and Disability

Brain Tumors and Disability

Brain tumours and disability. Brain tumors are masses of abnormal cells that occur in the brain and are either benign or malignant.

Malignant tumors are cancerous but benign tumors are not.

Benign Tumors

Benign tumors are slow growing and they do not usually spread into other parts of the brain. They are usually not situated in the mid brain region. This means that surgery is possible to remove a benign tumor. It would depend on the location and size of the tumor as it could be life threatening.

There are not any symptoms at first and some occur slowly. The very first symptom is a severe headache that doesn’t go away with OTC medication.

Symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Numbness and tingling in arms and legs
  • Vision and hearing problems
  • Change in sense of smell
  • Balance problems
  • Mood changes
  • Paralysis in a part of the body
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty with thinking
  • Speech problems
  • Amnesia

 To qualify for disability benefits you would need to meet certain criteria, including:

  • Meet the list of impairments that qualify for disability grant
  • If you do not meet the requirements but your disability is close to something on the list, you may be able to apply.
  • Unable to be employed. Your age, education and work experience will be taken into account.

Disability Consciuosness