Brain Tumors

New Hope for Patients with Brain Tumors

The National Brain Tumor Society reports that there are more than 120 different types of brain tumors. They are difficult to diagnose, as their symptoms often mimic other diseases. But the good news is that brain tumors—both cancerous and non-cancerous—are treatable.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, more knowledge about brain tumors has been gained in the last 10 years than in the past century. Board-certified neurosurgeon Mina Foroohar, MD, uses advanced technology including intraoperative Brainlab image guidance, intraoperative brain mapping, and CyberKnife non-invasive radiosurgery to treat hard-to-reach brain tumors that were once considered inoperable.

Brain tumor basics

Brain tumors can be:

Brain tumors are also classified by where they originate.

  • A primary brain tumor is one that begins in the brain and tends to stay there.
  • A metastatic brain tumor begins as a cancer somewhere else in the body, such as the lung, breast or colon, and spreads through the bloodstream to the brain.