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Brain Cancer

Choice Cancer Care -  - Board Certified Medical Oncologist

Choice Cancer Care

BOARD CERTIFIED MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS, RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS, & HEMATOLOGISTS LOCATED IN IRVING, TX; LEWISVILLE, TX; PLANO, TX; & SOUTHLAKE, TX

Brain cancer can affect your moods and personality, as well as your physical well-being. If you experience brain cancer symptoms, let the board-certified oncologists at Choice Cancer Care help with a prompt diagnosis. At their locations in Plano, Lewisville, Irving, and Southlake, Texas, the Choice Cancer Care team delivers expert treatments for brain cancer that maximize your chances of recovery without long-term damage to your cognitive processes. Find out how you could benefit from their care by calling the location closest to you or schedule a consultation online today.

Brain Cancer Q & A

What is brain cancer?

Brain cancer is a malignant mass or tumor that forms in or on your brain. It occurs when some of the cells in your brain change, so instead of following a normal life cycle, they multiply out of control and don't die off as noncancerous cells would.

Types of brain cancer include:

  • Gliomas
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Ependymomas
  • Hemangioblastomas

These tumors may be primary, which means they originate in your brain, or secondary (metastatic) tumors, where malignant cells spread from cancers in other parts of your body.

What symptoms might brain cancer cause?

Some of the more common symptoms of brain tumors include:

  • Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vision loss or double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Changes in the way you speak
  • Problems sleeping
  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Personality changes
  • Seizures

You might also develop weakness or numbness on one side of your body.

The symptoms of brain cancer vary depending on the tumor’s location, type, and size.

How is brain cancer treated?

Where possible, the Choice Cancer Care team is likely to recommend surgical removal of your brain tumor. Removing the cancerous cells is effective, but there may be issues if the tumor is in a part of your brain where surgery is difficult or impossible.

Other potential treatments for brain cancer include:

Radiation therapy

There are several types of radiation therapy. Standard external beam radiotherapy is the more traditional form, but the Choice Cancer Care team also uses advanced options like stereotactic radiosurgery.

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) uses multiple, highly focused beams of radiation that damage the cancer cell DNA while minimizing harm to nearby tissues. It can be an advantageous option when invasive surgery isn't possible.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy involves taking medication that kills cancer cells. You might use oral chemotherapy, have it intravenously (through a blood vessel), or receive it directly into the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal canal. It's also possible to put a dissolvable wafer on your cancer site after surgery.

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy uses medications that affect specific cells within the tumor, such as genes and proteins.

To find out more about your brain cancer treatment options, call Choice Cancer Care, or book an appointment online today.