Allana Prosser lived for six years with a brain tumour that was only detected after she was unable to open her eye. What started as incredibly painful daily headaches when she was 11 years old was misdiagnosed for other different ailments. The pain was believed to be a conditions such as spasming bladder muscles and cheese allergy.
A visit to a specialist eye clinic diagnosed a tumour called a craniopharynigioma that tends to grow at the base of the brain slightly above the pituitary gland. The tumour is mostly diagnosed in young adults, teenagers, and children. The first line of treatment is surgery to remove as much of the tumour as is safely possible. Radiotherapy is the conducted to keep the tumour in control and from growing.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.