Brain Tumors

Although a brain tumor diagnosis can be frightening, you can count on our support and care at every step of your treatment journey. Brain tumors can be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant), and treatment options depend on the type, size and location of the tumor, as well as your overall health and preferences.

Developing a Personalized Treatment Plan

If a brain tumor is suspected, your primary physician will perform a neurological exam to check your vision, hearing, balance, coordination and reflexes. Difficulty in one or more areas may give our team insight about the part of your brain that could be affected.

Your primary physician may order specialized MRI scans and other imaging tests—such as functional MRI, perfusion MRI and magnetic resonance spectroscopy—to help us evaluate the tumor and plan your treatment.

If it’s suspected that your brain tumor is related to cancer that has spread from another area of your body, imaging tests and procedures may also be performed to determine where the cancer originated.

The next step may be a tissue biopsy, in which we take a sample of the abnormal tissue for evaluation. For brain tumors in hard-to-reach or sensitive areas, tissue is removed with a stereotactic needle, often guided by CT or MRI scanning. We then review the biopsy sample to determine if the tumor is cancerous or benign, and create a treatment plan that’s right for you.

When Surgery Is Necessary

Our neurosurgeons are highly skilled in removing brain tumors, often using 3-D image-guided craniotomy to remove bone and reach the precise area to be treated.

If the tumor is accessible, we will work to remove as much of it as possible. Some small tumors can be separated from surrounding brain tissue and may be easily removed. When tumors can’t be separated from surrounding tissue or are near sensitive areas in your brain, we may try to remove as much of the tumor as is safe. Even partial removal of a tumor may reduce your symptoms.

After surgery, our team will manage your recovery in the hospital and through follow-up visits to our office―with a goal of getting you back to your life.