Actor warns of signs of brain tumor after son’s death

After losing his 2-year-old son to a brain tumor in 2018, American actor and comedian Rob Delaney is seeking to raise awareness about the disease. It warns parents to pay attention to an important sign for the fastest possible diagnosis.

According to him, a tumor is usually difficult to recognize in a small child, but in the case of his son, there was a very specific symptom, which was effortless, urgeless and painless vomiting.

“If you have something in your head (like a tumor) that’s cluttering up space and pushing your brain, [o vômito] happens effortlessly, without warning or discomfort,” he said.

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Credit: Playback/Instagram/Rob Delaney Actor Rob Delaney’s son died of a brain tumor in 2018

Delaney said it was very difficult to watch the boy lose weight, not being able to hold food in his stomach for too long.

“So we were going from doctor to doctor, hospital to hospital and specialists trying to find out. And a tumor is hard to recognize,” he explained.

It wasn’t until he went to see a more experienced doctor that he was asked about the problem of effortless vomiting.

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Credit: playback/instagram/robdelaneyBefore discovering the tumor, several doctors were consulted

Brain tumor

Brain tumor or central nervous system tumor is a growth of cells in the brain that multiply abnormally and uncontrollably.

There are non-cancerous (benign) brain tumors – which grow slowly and are less likely to come back after treatment – and there are also cancerous (malignant) brain tumors, which start in the brain (primary tumours) or spread to the brain from elsewhere (secondary tumors). These are more likely to grow back after treatment.

According to the National Cancer Institute (INCA), in general, the chance that a person will develop a brain or spinal cord tumor in their lifetime is less than 1%.

And the risk of developing any type of brain tumor is slightly higher in women than in men, although the risk of developing a malignancy is slightly higher in men.

Symptoms of a brain tumor

Symptoms of a brain tumor vary depending on the exact part of the brain affected. The most common include:

  • Headache
  • seizures
  • Nausea, vomiting and drowsiness
  • Memory problems or personality changes
  • Progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Vision or speech problems

However, symptoms do not always appear early. Often they can grow slowly over time.

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