Brain Cancer Treatment Can Vary Depending on Individual Cases
Treatment for brain cancer generally comes in a few different forms, and often one or more different types of treatment are combined into a single plan. A tumor in the brain can still pose a significant risk even if it is benign, so it is important for anyone who experiences symptoms of a brain tumor to seek a diagnosis from a cancer specialist to have the most appropriate treatment plan developed. Common brain tumor symptoms include dizziness, headaches, memory problems, seizures, and changes in vision, hearing, or speech. A treatment plan for brain cancer will generally be based on the type, grade, size, and exact location of the tumor, as well as the patient’s age and overall health. The three most common types of treatment are:
- Surgery – The physical removal of part or all of the tumor, usually through an opening made in the skull
- Radiation therapy – High-energy X-rays, gamma rays, or protons being administered externally, in the form of a beam; or, less commonly, internally, in the form of a seed that emits radiation inside the brain
- Chemotherapy – The use of drugs that kill cancer cells, administered orally, intravenously, or in small wafers implanted into the brain
Patients who suspect they may have brain cancer can seek diagnosis and treatment at Tampa General Hospital. Neuro surgeons at Tampa General Hospital work together with colleagues in medical and radiation oncology to develop highly individualized treatment plans to meet each patient’s specific needs. All of our surgeons are fellowship-trained leaders in skull base surgery, and they utilize the most advanced equipment available, such as the da Vinci robot, for the treatment of brain tumors and other brain and spine cancer.