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HYDRATION

Updated: Mar 14, 2023

Hydration is important for BRAIN TUMOURS for several reasons:

  • Reduces swelling: Brain tumours can cause swelling, which can put pressure on the brain and lead to increased symptoms. Drinking plenty of fluids can help reduce swelling and relieve symptoms.

  • Improves circulation: Good hydration helps improve circulation, which can be important for brain tumour patients receiving treatments such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy. These treatments can cause side effects such as fatigue and weakness, and good hydration can help the body better cope with these effects.

  • Supports healthy brain function: The brain is primarily composed of water, and adequate hydration is important for maintaining healthy brain function. Symptoms such as headache, confusion, and fatigue can be related to dehydration.

  • Supports overall health: Hydration is important for overall health and well-being, and this is especially true for people with brain tumours, who may be at increased risk for infections or other health problems due to their treatment or illness.

It is important for brain tumour patients to discuss their hydration needs with their healthcare team, as some treatments or medications may affect the body's ability to absorb fluids or cause other side effects that can impact hydration.


Drinking plenty of water and other fluids, eating water-rich foods, and avoiding dehydrating beverages such as caffeine or alcohol can help ensure adequate hydration.

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