Periodic brain scans are usually recommended after completing the initial brain tumor treatment. This is because brain tumors can recur – or regrow – after treatment. If the tumor does grow back, your doctor may suggest more treatment options to either remove or shrink the tumor. This section addresses different forms of brain tumor treatment for recurrence.


The treatments recommended by a doctor for recurrence may be the same or different from those prescribed in the past. Your medical team will determine which treatment options are best depending on factors like the tumor’s grade, size, and shape, as well as your treatment history.

Talk with your doctor about which treatment options are right for you. It may be helpful to seek a second opinion from another brain tumor treatment center.

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Managing Symptoms

You may experience the same or different symptoms as you did during you initial diagnosis. It is important to tell your care team about all the symptoms you experience.

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Memory
  • Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Personality Changes
  • Cognitive Changes
  • Fatigue
  • Mass Effect
  • Focal Effects

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A brain tumor recurrence can bring up difficult emotions. Speaking with someone who has had similar experiences can be helpful.

You’re not alone. The ABTA has several ways for members of the brain tumor community to connect and get support.

Learn more about support and resources available.

Read stories of others on the brain tumor journey.

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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.