A brain cancer diagnosis can be daunting. At Franciscan Health, we strive to provide each patient with personalized care and compassion throughout the treatment process.
Brain cancer is a malignant (cancerous) mass (tumor) of abnormal cells that forms in the brain tissue. Tumors that start in the brain are called primary tumors. When cancer starts elsewhere in the body and moves to the brain it's referred to as a metastatic brain tumor. The location, tumor size and rate of growth determine how your nervous system and brain function is affected.
Your provider may screen for brain cancer through a neurological exam to test your vision, hearing, coordination, strength and balance. Other common tests include an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), a CT (computerized tomographic) scan or a PET (positron emission tomography) scan.
Depending on the type of brain cancer, treatment may entail surgery to remove the tumor. Due to size, spread and location, surgery may not remove all the cancerous cells; in this instance, additional treatment may include radiation therapy and chemotherapy.