• What does the right frontal lobe of the brain control? What are the side effects when a tumor is removed from this area?

    Asked by MarktheMan on Friday, March 29, 2013

    What does the right frontal lobe of the brain control? What are the side effects when a tumor is removed from this area?

    I'm worried about losing use of arms, legs, face, etc.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Frontal lobe functions: http://www.neuroskills.com/brain-injury/frontal-lobes.php

      I'm not sure what you are asking in terms of side effects of removing the tumor. Are you asking about the symptoms of the tumor? Frontal lobe tumors may cause behavioral and emotional changes, impaired judgment, impaired sense of smell, memory loss, paralysis on one side of the body, reduced mental abilities, and vision loss. Removing the tumor should result in removing the symptoms created by the tumor. If you are asking about the risks of the surgery, it is the same as any surgery, e.g. risk of post op infection, etc.

      almost 6 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hi Mark,
      I hope you are well. So the RIGHT frontal lobe controls premotor skills (learning how to do things like sports, musical instruments or development of habits), Imagination: creativity (Positive), or creating new patterns of behavior, art, music, actions and impulsive actions. Inhibitions (Negative): what not to do, differentiating right or wrong behavior, manners, conscious acts. The Motor control part of the frontal lobe controls the function on the left side of foot, arm, leg, trunk, left hand, lips and tongue. That being said, it all depends on how the tumor is removed. If it is through a crainiotomy or with proton beam radiation, etc. The goal is to remove the mutated cells without harming the functioning cells so you might not suffer any deficit. Only the surgeon or radiologist can tell you the risks based on vascular or neurological structures involved. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      almost 6 years ago
    • kulaken's Avatar
      kulaken (Best Answer!)

      Hello Mark. Seeing as I have been through a very similar diagnosis, and have been surviving 18 more months, I thought I might be able to answer some of your questions ..
      I had a 4cm mass on my right visual horn, spent the first month doing Full Brain radiation trying to shrink the tumor to 2 cm, so it would fit the Gamma Knife. I had plenty of edema acociated with that procedure and have been on the Dexamethasone steroid every since.a nasty drug to be sure !
      I thought I was doing ok after the gamma knife but was I ever wrong , I didn't pay heed to the timing and dosage of the steroid and ended up with some serious s iesures and yet again was hospitalized , due to swelling on the brain . I chose for extraction of the tumor at that time . I had lost most all of my left pariphial vision in both my left and right eyes by then and some of my cognitive skills as well , balance , bumping into things, spelling is worse, typing skills suffer , thought process is slower , and lost a lil more of my eye sight. but all in all Mark im still here and glad to be Alive. I have to say,
      this has not been an easy road , but I am winning !! Good luck Mark and best wishes . any questions feel free to ask .. Ken PS... I no longer drive and have to find another occupation as I was a wood worker , I cannot run my saws safely no more ........

      almost 6 years ago
    • kulaken's Avatar

      It really depends on how much good brain matter they have to remove to get to the tumor successfully

      over 5 years ago

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