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Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors


Treating Physicians: Dr. Alan Cohler, Dr. Sharad Goyal, Dr. Atif Khan, Dr. Sabin Motwani, Dr. Rahul R Parikh

The brain is the center of thought, memory, emotion, speech, sensation and motor function. The spinal cord and special nerves in the head called cranial nerves carry and receive messages between the brain and the rest of the body.

  • There are two types of brain tumors:
    • Primary — a tumor that starts in the brain. Primary brain tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant.
    • Metastatic — a tumor caused by cancer elsewhere in the body that spreads to the brain. Metastatic brain tumors are always cancerous.
  • Primary tumors in the brain or spinal cord rarely spread to distant organs.
  • Brain tumors cause damage because as they grow they can interfere with surrounding cells that serve vital roles in our everyday life.

General Risk Factors for Brain Tumors

Facts about Brain Tumors

Signs of Brain Tumors

Diagnosing Brain Tumors

Treating Brain Tumors

Understanding Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy Options for Brain Tumors

External Beam Radiation Therapy

Internal Radiation Therapy

Newer Techniques

Potential Side Effects