Brain Tumor Center
If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumor, you may feel worried or anxious. It helps to know that our team of experts will guide you through your options and provide you with the best cancer treatment plan possible.
The UMass Memorial Health Cancer Center offers personalized, high quality care in patient-focused settings. We work with the UMass Chan Medical School on extensive cancer research and clinical trials, so our patients benefit from the latest diagnostic and treatment options.
As multidisciplinary care practitioners, we bring our specialists together in a single setting to discuss each patient’s diagnosis and develop a thorough treatment plan. In most cases, you’ll only need a single appointment to meet with our team members one-on-one. We’ll answer your questions, discuss your concerns and attend to your physical and emotional needs. We also encourage the involvement of your loved ones throughout the care process to complement the support we provide.
What You Should Know About Brain Tumors
Brain tumors can be either high grade (rapidly growing) or low grade (slow growing). They can either originate in the brain or spread from another part of the body (called a metastatic brain tumor).
The most common cancers that metastasize (spread) are:
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Melanoma (skin cancer)
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Colon cancer
- Certain sarcomas
- Testicular cancer and germ cell tumors
Other cancers, such as prostate cancer, spread to the brain less often than those listed above.
Brain Cancers We Treat
Our team of specialists is led by neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, neurologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists who treat adult and pediatric brain tumors, including:
- Gliomas (low grade and high grade)
- Metastatic brain and spinal tumors
- Nerve sheath (schwannomas and neurofibromas)
- Pituitary tumors
- Skull base tumors
Brain Cancer Treatments We Provide
- Brain mapping
- Genetic counseling
- Image-guided neurosurgery
- Intensity modulated radiation
- Stereotactic radiosurgery