If you or a loved one are diagnosed with brain cancer, learning as much as you can about the specific types and treatment options will help empower you to make the best decisions for your treatment. The cancer experts at Alaska CyberKnife Center at Providence Cancer Center are here to help. With more than 120 different types of brain tumors, our board certified radiation oncologists can make sense of your particular tumor type and discuss the variety of treatment options available to you.
Most types of cancers are categorized by “stages” of cancer which can identify the size, if lymph nodes are involved or if the cancer has metastasized (spread) to other parts of the body. Brain tumors are different because they rarely spread outside the brain. For that reason, doctors use “grades” to talk about the aggressiveness of the tumor. They can determine this by looking at the cancerous cells under a microscope. Tumors that are graded higher usually grow faster and are more likely to be malignant. The grades and their descriptions are:
Brain tumors are usually split into two general categories – primary and secondary. Brain tumors may have travelled (metastasized) into your brain from another organ, such as the lungs, breast, or colon and are called secondary tumors. Or, you may have a primary brain tumor which originated from one of the many different types of cells inside your brain.
Primary brain tumors are usually named after the cell or the part of the brain from which they originate. These tumors may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant. But even the benign tumors can be life-threatening if not removed as they can push on sensitive nerves and cause problems with the normal functions of your brain. Benign tumors are often removed with surgery and don’t reappear. Malignant brain tumors don’t usually travel to other parts of the body, but they can grow quickly and be quite a risk to your life. Here are the most common types of primary brain tumors our Alaska CyberKnife Center doctors see:
With so many types of brain tumors, it is imperative that you consult with cancer experts and get a clear and complete picture of your treatment options based on your unique situation. The caring doctors at Alaska CyberKnife Center at Providence Cancer Center are happy to answer all of your questions about the clinically-proven CyberKnife treatment for brain cancer, and the other treatment options you may have. Give us a call today at (907) 312-2112 and make an appointment for your first visit to our conveniently located Anchorage cancer treatment center. Additionally, you can contact us via our online contact form. Either way, you will find our staff friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to help you find the most effective treatment outcomes possible to give you your best hope against brain cancer.
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