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A brain tumor, or intracranial tumor, is a mass of abnormal tissue located in the brain.
Whether benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous), there are two basic types of brain tumor: primary and metastatic.
Brain Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment at Inspira
Primary tumors start out in the brain, while metastatic tumors start somewhere else in the body and migrate to the brain, usually through the bloodstream. Metastatic brain tumors are more common in adults than primary tumors, and they also occur more frequently in individuals with a history of other cancers.
Detecting a brain tumor can be difficult, as symptoms are not always immediately apparent. When symptoms are present, they typically include but are not limited to:
- Headaches that often become more frequent and/or severe
- Vision problems (blurred vision, double vision, etc.)
- Speech impairment
- Difficulty with balance
- Behavioral changes
To determine whether a tumor is present, your physician will perform a number of tests including a neurological exam, imaging tests and biopsy.
Brain tumors are treated with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery or a combination of these methods. Your treatment will depend on a number of factors, including the size, rate of growth and specific location of your tumor. A procedure known as a craniotomy is often the best option for removing tumors. If your neurosurgeon can only access a portion of the mass, the remaining tissue will likely be treated using radiation or chemotherapy.
Why Choose Inspira for Brain Tumor Care
Residents of South Jersey need not travel far to get the best in cancer care—with multiple facilities in the region, Inspira delivers a full breadth of cancer services close to where you live. When you’re not distracted by a long commute to your medical provider, you have more energy to focus on what’s important: healing and getting your life back.
Inspira’s minimally invasive surgical experts specialize in treating brain conditions and cancers with skilled precision. Our state-of-the-art surgical facilities are equipped with advanced 3D imaging technology, which allows our neurosurgeons to use minimally invasive techniques that reduce pain and scarring, improve surgical outcomes and speed up recovery time.
Thanks to Inspira’s integrated provider network, our neurosurgical team is poised to provide personalized, coordinated care. By taking a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, your surgeon will have access to other specialists—from intensivists and hospitalists, to endocrinologists and physical therapists—that will work closely together to diagnose and treat your condition.
Inspira Brain Tumor Care Locations
Our neurosurgeons treat patients around South Jersey from several convenient locations.