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Brain cancer is a cancerous tumor in or near the brain. Primary brain cancer (primary tumor) is cancer that starts in the brain. Secondary brain cancer (secondary tumor) is cancer that has spread (metastasized) from another part of the body. However, some brain tumors are not cancerous.
Common tumors that form in the brain include:
At Dignity Health, our cancer care services are designed to meet your physical, mental, and spiritual needs from the day you are diagnosed through treatment and beyond. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide personalized treatment to help get you back to your healthy life.
If you’ve been diagnosed with brain cancer in the Bay Area, Find a Doctor at one of our hospitals who will remain by your side throughout the entire process.
Doctors do not know what causes brain cancer. However, they have identified risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing it:
Symptoms of brain cancer depend on the location and type of tumor. They may include:
Since many other conditions share these symptoms, visit a Dignity Health doctor to rule out or confirm a diagnosis of brain cancer.
Your treatment options depend on the size, type, aggressiveness of the cancer, and whether or not the cancer has spread.
At Dignity Health, our oncologists and neurologists collaborate to treat brain cancer using:
Talk to your Dignity Health doctor about what type of treatment or combination of treatments is right for you.