Dr. Mina Foroohar provides expert, compassionate care in Arlington Heights, Illinois, for patients with symptoms that might indicate a brain tumor.
“Some patients come through the emergency room, where a CT scan or MRI showed something unusual in the brain,” Dr. Foroohar explains. “Other times, a primary care physician may refer a patient who has a mild neurological deficit and an abnormal finding on CT or MRI of the brain.
Patients with known cancer may be referred to me by their oncologist, radiation oncologist or their primary care physician.”
Dr. Foroohar and her staff realize that patients who might have a brain tumor have many questions and concerns. We offer a calming, supportive atmosphere and will take the time to work with you, thoroughly answering your questions, addressing your concerns and coordinating the MRI and CT scans needed to confirm a diagnosis. Patients with brain tumors are always accommodated and seen the next day.
If a brain tumor is found, Dr. Foroohar will collaborate with you and your other physicians to formulate a treatment plan. Dr. Foroohar is skilled in advanced, state-of-the-art treatments such as Brainlab intraoperative image guidance, intraoperative brain mapping, and CyberKnife non-invasive radiosurgery, which can shrink or destroy tumors that were previously considered inoperable.
A brain tumor is malignant if it contains cancer cells. However, a benign brain tumor can behave like a malignant tumor if it is:
“If a benign brain tumor is in an area where it can't be removed, it can cause significant neurological deficits,” says Dr. Foroohar.
Yes. There are two types of malignant brain tumors, classified by where they originate:
Cancer is defined as an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. As this disease progresses, cancer cells grow into and around surrounding areas and interfere with their normal functioning.
Cancer cells can also spread or metastasize to distant parts of the body—such as from the lung or breast to the brain. Melanoma, a form of skin cancer, can also spread to the brain. As noted above, this spreading is what causes metastatic brain tumors.
The World Health Organization classifies primary malignant brain tumors into four grades of glioma:
“Astrocytomas are the most common type of brain cell tumors,” says Dr. Foroohar. “They originate in small, star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes.
“Oligodendrogliomas are a less common type,” she explains. “These tumors are believed to originate from the oligodendrocytes—a specialized type of brain cell—or from a glial precursor cell in the brain. Oligodendrogliomas have a better prognosis than astrocytomas.”
Depending on the size and location of the brain tumor, treatment may include:
Cancer treatment is a cooperative effort involving many medical and surgical specialists. “I work with a team including the patient's oncologist, radiation oncologist and neurologist,” Dr. Foroohar explains.