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This week is Brain Tumour Awareness Week.
Almost 11,700 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour, with 5,000 people losing their lives each year. At least 102,000 children and adults are estimated to be living with a brain tumour in the UK currently.
Malignant or cancerous, a brain tumour often invades surrounding tissue and can spread to other parts of the body through the blood stream and lymphatic system. The effects of a brain tumour can vary person-to-person, dependent on the size, location and spread of the tumour.
Brain injury, as a result of a brain tumour, can lead to both long-term and short-term problems such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, depression, seizures, nausea, vision or speech problems, irritability and memory problems. More severe complications can affect the persons personality, relationships and the ability for them to lead an independent life.
With these permanent changes occurring in a person’s life, it may be necessary to make some decisions on their behalf and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides the framework to do so. For more information on how Mental Capacity is assessed read our latest guidance here.
If you are in a situation where you have become responsible for managing the affairs of another individual, seeking legal assistance is recommended. Our team of Court of Protection Solicitors can give you advice in managing someone else’s money and affairs in their best interest. Further, our Partner Veronica Mullins is one of only 71 Court approved Panel Deputies in the UK, meaning we are well placed to offer the best advice, following the rules of the Mental Capacity Act.
October 27, 2020
Natalie is a Partner and Solicitor in the Court of Protection department.