Brain tumors have increased in incidence over recent years. These tumors include those that develop in the brain, known asprimary brain tumors.
These include benign tumors (meningiomas, pituitary tumors, acoustic neuroma) and malignant brain tumors (gliomas, e.g., astrocyoma or glioblastoma). More common are cancers that develop elsewhere in the body and then spread to the brain. These are called brain metastases and most commonly arise in patients with cancer of the lung, breast or melanoma.
Newer radiation technologies (e.g., CyberKnife) have increased the role of radiation in treating these patients.
For patients needing whole brain irradiation, the memory sparing techniques available with TomoTherapy may reduce side effects. For those with localized tumors, the options of radiosurgery with either Gamma Knife or Cyberknife improve the chances for controlling the tumor with the fewest possible side effects.
Contact the brain cancer experts at WellSpring if you have questions about cancer risk, cancer prevention or cancer screening.