A brain tumor is a mass or growth in your brain. There are several types of brain tumors and they can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). A tumor could begin in the brain (primary brain tumor) or could be metastatic or secondary, meaning that cancer spread from another area of the body.
The symptoms of a brain tumor will vary drastically depending on the size, location, and type of tumor. Here are some signs and symptoms that you may experience:
You should make an appointment with a doctor if you have persistent symptoms that are concerning.
Your treatment options will vary depending on numerous factors:
Brain tumors are often treated with surgery. They require a multidisciplinary or team approach for their treatment. The best surgical team will involve physicians from several different areas, including neuro-oncologists, pathologists, and anesthesiologists. Outside of the surgical team, your treatment may involve other professionals as well, like social workers, counselors, nutritionists, physical therapists, and others.
Brain tumors can have a wide effect on every aspect of your life, requiring the need for these professionals in your ongoing recovery.
Additional treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and target therapy.
Dr. Dickinson is at the forefront of technological advances for surgery on brain tumors, including radiosurgery and image-guided stereotactic surgery.