Brain Cancer Treatment


Brain cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in tissues of the brain. These growths are called brain tumors. If the tumor starts in the brain, it is called a primary brain tumor. If the cancer started in another part of the body and spread to the brain, it is called a metastatic brain tumor.

Brain tumors may be benign (not cancer). These tumors grow and press on nearby areas of the brain, but rarely spread into other parts of the brain. Malignant (cancer) brain tumors are likely to grow quickly and spread into other parts of the brain.

The treatment for brain cancer depends on many factors, including tumor type, its size, how fast it is growing, and the age of the patient. In adults, anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas make up about one-third of brain tumors. In children, astrocytomas are the most common type of brain cancer.

Radiation treatment for brain cancer may include alternative brain cancer treatments, such as CyberKnife radiosurgery, a non-surgical, non-invasive technology available at Summit.