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Brain Tumors and Cancer

Learn about what Baptist Cancer Center offers you in terms of leading-edge brain cancer treatments.

Brain Cancer Explained

Brain and neurologic cancers are often referred to as brain tumors. Primary tumors form in the brain, while secondary brain tumors form in another part of the body and spread, or metastasize, to the brain. According to the American Cancer Society, the chance that a person will develop a malignant brain or spinal cord tumor is less than one percent.

Baptist Cancer Center is dedicated to delivering close-to-home services to our patients and provides leading-edge care for brain, neurologic, and other cancers we treat.

Brain Cancer Treatment Options

Brain cancer treatment is individualized, meaning each patient has a very different care plan. Treatment depends on the type and grade of the brain tumor, as well as the patient's medical history and overall health. Common brain tumor treatment strategies include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and a non-surgical form of radiation therapy called CyberKnife™ technology.

Learn the Symptoms, Stages and Causes

Recognizing the signs of brain cancer allows for timely intervention, potentially increasing the chances of successful treatment and improving your quality of life.

What are brain cancer causes and risk factors?

The exact cause of brain and neurologic cancer is unknown. Like tumors elsewhere in the body, certain genetic and environmental risk factors may play a role in the development of brain tumors. Risk factors can include:

  • Family history
  • Radiation exposure
  • HIV
  • Smoking

Common Signs and Symptoms

Brain cancer symptoms may vary depending on the type and location of the cancer. In fact, some brain tumors may cause no symptoms at all. The most common symptoms of a brain tumor include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in vision, hearing or speaking ability
  • Changes in cognitive ability (memory, attentiveness, alertness, etc.)
  • Changes in balance or clumsiness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness in limbs
  • Lethargy
  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Seizures

If your symptoms indicate a brain tumor, doctors will recommend diagnostic testing. Tests may include a physical exam, MRI, CT scan, spinal tap, and/or biopsy.

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Connect With a Patient Navigator

As a patient at Baptist Cancer Center, you will have access to a dedicated patient navigator who will act as your advocate and liaison between you and your health care teams. Our patient navigators are available at every step to schedule appointments, answer questions, explain the treatment process, and provide resources, education and support when you and your family need it.