Brain Tumor Types, Symptoms and Treatment

If you or a loved one has a brain tumor, we can provide you with quick answers and a personalized treatment plan. Banner Brain & Spine has an entire team of experts who specialize in brain health. We offer the latest treatments for brain tumors, such as computer-guided minimally invasive procedures and radiation therapy.

Types of Brain Tumors

There are two main types of brain tumors: primary brain tumor and secondary brain tumors. Primary brain tumors start and stay in the brain tissue, whereas secondary brain tumors may start in a different part of the body and travel to the brain. Types of brain tumors and their symptoms can vary.

Brain Tumor Risk Factors and Symptoms

While most causes for brain tumors are unknown, there are factors that may put a person at a higher risk for developing brain tumors. Risk factors may include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family history
  • Radiation exposure
  • Compromised immune system

General symptoms for brain tumors may include:

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Memory issues
  • Nausea
  • Inability to perform daily tasks
  • Sleep problems
  • Speech problems
  • Weakness

Brain Tumor Diagnosis

We understand that tumors of the brain may cause changes such as headaches, shifts in personality and loss of sensory or motor skills. We work with you to schedule tests to make sure you get the answers you need quickly. At Banner Brain & Spine, we use imaging, like MRIs, and other advanced technology to reach an accurate diagnosis. Once we have a clear picture, you and your doctor will create a brain tumor care and treatment plan.

Brain Tumor Treatment

Brain tumor treatments depend on the type, size and location of your tumor. Your neurosurgeon will sit with you and explain all of the options as you work together to develop a treatment plan, which could include biopsy, surgical removal or non invasive brain tumor treatment such as chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

If brain surgery is the right option, our minimally invasive approaches use the latest technology and computer-guided navigation. This technology allows for a shorter hospital stay so you can get back to your normal activities as soon as possible.

After your procedures, your brain tumor treatment plan will include supportive and rehabilitative care.

If you need care for a neurological issue, we are here for you. Banner Health's large network of brain and spine specialists in brain health, imaging and physical therapy can offer you the latest treatments.