About Brain Tumors
What is it and what are my treatment options?
Brain Tumors Overview
Brain tumors are abnormal cell masses or growths in the brain. There are several brain tumor types:
- Benign (noncancerous)
- Malignant (cancerous)
- Primary (grows in the brain)
- Secondary (grows in the body and spreads to the brain)
Patients who experience brain tumor symptoms should make an appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) brain tumor specialist as soon as possible.
Symptoms & Causes
Brain tumor symptoms include:
- Balance difficulties
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty speaking
- Nausea and vomiting
Cell mutations cause primary brain tumors. Different types of cancer cause secondary brain tumors. Risk factors are:
- Family history
- Radiation exposure
After a thorough evaluation, a CONA brain tumor specialist may recommend:
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Targeted drug therapy
A CONA brain tumor specialist:
- Obtains a complete medical history
- Performs a thorough neurological evaluation
- Performs a thorough physical examination
- Orders and analyzes an MRI and CT scan
- Tests other parts of the body for cancer
A biopsy is performed in many cases. A tiny needle is used to take a small sample of abnormal tissue. The sample is sent to a lab for analysis. Lab results are sent to the CONA brain tumor specialist for review.
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Please make an appointment with a Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained CONA brain tumor specialist if you experience brain tumor symptoms.
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