Brain Tumor

Brain Tumors We Treat

What are brain tumors?

Brain tumors are clumps of tissue in your brain made up of cells that grow abnormally or uncontrollably. Brain tumors can either be:

  • Benign, meaning non-cancerous, slow-growing, and can be removed 
  • Malignant, meaning cancerous, fast-growing, and likely to invade healthy brain tissue

We also identify brain tumors based on where they begin growing. Primary brain tumors begin growing in the brain itself. Metastatic brain tumors have spread to the brain from other parts of the body, like the lungs, breast, and skin.

Causes of Brain Tumors

While we don’t know exactly what causes brain tumors, we do know that they can influence your ability to think, feel, and move – and they can affect both adults and children.

Examples of primary brain tumors with which we have special expertise include meningioma, Schwannomas -- such as acoustic neuroma, and pituitary adenomas -- and gliomas -- such as astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, ependymoma and glioblastoma multiforme.

Effective Diagnosis and Treatment of Brain Tumors at Wake Forest

Critical to an effective treatment plan is a thorough and complete diagnosis. Our multidisciplinary team of brain tumor specialists uses the most sophisticated techniques, including minimally invasive biopsies to diagnose brain tumors. We have innovative and advanced treatments—in both radiation oncology and chemotherapy—that make us a destination center for brain tumor patients. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.  

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