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More than 77,000 people are expected to receive a brain tumor diagnosis this year. If you're one of them, once the initial flood of emotions begins to subside, what do you do next? The neurosurgeons at Gwinnett Medical Center recommend you start with these steps. 1 2 3 STEP 1: Get Educated It may be overwhelming at first, but learning about the details of your diagnosis will help you better grasp the situation and provide you with confidence. You should know the grade, size, shape, location, growing rate and type of your tumor. Ask your physician and specialist which websites and resources to use, as many websites include inaccuracies. Searching Gwinnett Medical Center's Health (e) Library is a great place to start. You'll find information about brain tumors, treatment options and recent news. Once you have an understanding of your diagnosis, Robert Ayer, MD, suggests that you "start by researching available treatment options; some treatments may be more feasible than others depending on your overall health and specific brain tumor." Your specialist should offer guidance as to whether you will need surgical or nonsurgical measures, which is the key distinction in treatment options. STEP 2: Find the Right Treatment Center To receive the best and most customized care available, you will want to find a treatment center that includes a multidisciplinary team of brain tumor specialists. You will also want to ensure that the treatment techniques and technology used are up to date. The multidisciplinary team at Gwinnett Medical Center offers the latest in neurosurgical management, with techniques for both biopsy and resection of tumors, and uses the most current technology. In addition, physicians affiliated with GMC offer services in radiation oncology and medical oncology. Remember, although your neurological team may be focused on your brain, the primary objective at Gwinnett Medical Center is to provide expert care for the entire individual. STEP 3: Find Support- and Use It It's more important than ever to reach out to friends and family. "You may need emotional, informational, intrapersonal and spiritual support as well as help with day-to-day necessities," says Dave Seecharan, MD. Beyond friends and family, seek out others in the community: social workers, counselors and members of the faith community. Support groups are also a great resource-they give you access to others who are experiencing a similar diagnosis. Finally, be there for yourself. Allow for personal reflection. Keep a journal. Dr. Ayer and Dr. Seecharan emphasize: The healing journey after a brain tumor diagnosis will take time and patience. Following these three steps will help you to stay empowered and encouraged. n WEBSITE Multidisciplinary Support At GMC, we recognize that a brain tumor affects your physical, emotional and social health. We offer access to experts at every stage of the healing process to ensure the most effective and thorough care possible. Learn more at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/ btguide. W INT E R 2 01 6 55 http://www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/btguide

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