Few headaches are symptoms of brain cancer, but when they are, it’s reassuring to know you’re under the care of an exceptional neurosurgical team. At Houston Cancer Institute, PA, which has three locations in Houston and another in Katy, Texas, you have that reassurance, and you can feel confident that the team members work with other specialists who are also the best in their field to achieve a positive outcome for you. If you’re concerned about any neurological symptoms you're experiencing, call the nearest office or book a consultation online today.
Brain cancer is a condition where a malignant tumor grows in or on the brain.
Many types of tumors can affect the brain. Some of these tumors are benign, which means they’re noncancerous and could have been growing slowly for several years. Others are malignant, which means they’re cancerous.
Primary tumors originate in the brain or other tissues in your skull, whereas metastatic tumors spread from parts of the body where cancer is already developing, traveling via the bloodstream into the brain.
Brain cancer generally develops as a result of mutations in the DNA inside the body’s cells. The mutation enables cells to multiply without restraint, causing the growth of tumors. Cancer can develop without a specific cause beyond this genetic cell mutation, but some cancers develop more readily in people who smoke tobacco or suffer radiation exposure.
Typical symptoms of brain cancer include:
While many patients who have brain cancer do experience symptoms, some people don’t have any idea they have a tumor until it’s picked up by accident when they undergo a diagnostic procedure for an unrelated reason.
Treatment for brain cancer depends on the type of tumor, where it is, how large it is, and the individual patient’s needs and wishes. It is common for patients to require a combination of therapies. Potential treatments for brain cancer include:
Brain cancer surgery involves removing the cancerous tumor from the brain. This type of treatment may be suitable, depending on the size, location, or risk involved in the tumor's removal.
Chemotherapy involves taking medication that kills cancer cells. As with any medication, side effects are possible.
Radiation therapy targets and eliminates or slows the growth of cancer cells by damaging their DNA so that they are less likely to reproduce and spread through the body.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is a targeted, localized treatment method to precisely target and treat the cancerous cells, without impacting the surrounding tissue.
Immunotherapy is a special type of treatment that helps your body’s immune system fight cancer and other diseases. Your doctor often administers immunotherapy drugs intravenously (through an IV).
To determine the best treatment for your cancer, the team at the Houston Cancer Institute, PA, stages your cancer using state-of-the-art Cat Scan or PET/CT imaging.
The scans show how large the tumor is, how deeply it extends , and whether it's spread to other areas. This will help our team at the Houston Cancer Institute, PA identify what stage of cancer you have and tailor your treatment plan to that stage for optimal outcomes and recovery.
If you have any unexplained neurological symptoms or are diagnosed with a brain tumor, call Houston Cancer Institute, PA, or book online today.