A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain. The tumor can either originate in the brain itself, or come from another part of the body and travel to the brain (metastasize). Brain tumors may be classified as either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
A variety of factors influence the treatment recommended for a brain or spine tumor. The process typically involves a multi-disciplinary care team led by a neurosurgeon that often includes a neurologist, radiation neurologist, medical oncologist and an endocrinologist along with other medical specialists.
After a comprehensive evaluation of the type, size, and location of the tumor, along with an assessment of your overall health and risk factors, your care team will recommend an individualized treatment plan. The goal will be to achieve a positive outcome with minimum side effects.
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