Brain Cancer

You can count on Palo Verde Cancer Specialists to understand what you are experiencing with a brain cancer diagnosis and ease your mind with the information you need to make an educated decision about your brain cancer treatment. While our experts work with thousands of people with brain cancer, we know that each individual case is unique. Based on a variety of factors, our doctors work with you to explain all of the treatment options available to you so that you can select what is right for you.

What is Brain Cancer?

When abnormal cells multiply rapidly inside the brain, they form a cancerous tumor. These growths may be malignant or benign, but both can result in life-threatening situations. Primary brain cancer and brain metastasis are the two general types of brain cancer.

  1. Primary brain cancer. These types of tumors form from an originally regular brain cell that transforms itself into an abnormal cell and then rapidly multiplies to form a tumor in the brain. The most common primary brain tumors are gliomas, meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, vestibular schwannomas, primary CNS lymphomas, and primitive neuroectodermal tumors (medulloblastomas). Each year more than 35,000 people are diagnosed with a tumor that started in the brain (primary tumors).
  2. Brain metastases. Oftentimes, a cancer may originate somewhere else in the body such as your lungs, breast or colon, and then travel to the brain through the bloodstream or other body fluid. From 25 to 50 percent of patients with advanced cancer may develop brain metastases. The cancer most commonly comes from the lung (50%), breast (15%), and melanoma, renal and colon (6%).

Brain Tumor Symptoms

Brain tumors can affect your everyday activities based on the location of the tumor inside your brain. Your Phoenix oncologists will look for some of these most common brain cancer symptoms.

  • Headaches – which may be worse in the morning or when you are active
  • Seizures – involuntary movements of the body
  • Sensory changes – vision, smell, hearing can be affected
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Changes in your ability to walk or perform daily activities

Contact your Phoenix Experts For More Information

The radiation oncologists at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists are experts in using radiation to destroy cancerous cells. Using state-of-the-art technology, they use the CyberKnife system to effectively treat your brain cancer, while minimizing radiation effects to other parts of the brain. And we have six locations in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale areas to make it especially convenient for you to locate our experts. Contact us at any of these locations anytime to speak to a cancer specialist and set up your first visit to one of our Phoenix area cancer treatment centers. We’re here to answer all of your questions and work with you to optimize a brain cancer treatment plan that is right for you.

Find out more about brain cancer:

  • Brain Cancer – Types & Grades
  • Brain Cancer – Our Treatment Options

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