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Brain Cancer

Treatment on the Gulf Coast

If you have been diagnosed with brain cancer, Infirmary Cancer Care can help. With specialists in brain cancer and decades of experience treating and healing our neighbors in Mobile and on the Gulf Coast, we have the resources and treatment options you need to fight brain cancer.

Brain Cancer: Symptoms & Risks

Brain cancer is the uncontrolled growth of certain brain cells causing tumors or lesions. Of the close to 80,000 brain tumors diagnosed every year in the United States, 20,000 of them end up being cancerous. Brain cancer usually consists of primary brain cancer and secondary cancer. Primary brain cancer occurs when cancer originates in the brain and is confined to that organ. Secondary brain cancer occurs when cancer begins somewhere else in the body and travels to the brain.

Although anyone can be susceptible to brain cancer, the individuals most at risk are in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Men are also affected at a slightly higher rate than women. Other risk factors include viruses such as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and EBV (Epstein-Barr virus) and some genetic syndromes such as Li Fraumeni syndrome. Although environmental and radiation exposure has not been perfectly linked to brain cancer, this should be avoided if possible.

Symptoms of brain cancer include changes in vision, seizures, sudden personality changes or disorders, difficulty speaking and inability to balance. Brain cancer affects patients in different ways and a patient may have all or one of these. While brain cancer cannot be prevented entirely, good life habits such as avoiding smoking and other bad habits can lower an individual risk of developing brain cancer.

Diagnosis & Staging

Brain cancer diagnoses usually occur after a patient begins experiencing symptoms and seeks medical attention. After reviewing symptoms and medical history, a physician will recommend a biopsy or diagnostic work. Diagnosing brain scans can be done using MRI or CT technology. When a tumor is found, a neurosurgeon will usually work with the patient to confirm the diagnosis. This process can involve such actions as comprehensive blood work and sometimes Stereotactic needle biopsies. The biopsies occur when a small needle is inserted into the brain to gather samples from the lesion. These are then tested and used to diagnose tumors and guide treatment options. Brain cancer can be diagnosed at various levels of seriousness. Although there is no standard staging system used by the medical community, brain tumors are usually staged as 1 through 4 with the stage of cancer directly correlating to the cancer’s aggressive nature.

Treatment Options

Our team works together to provide a comprehensive treatment solution to your brain cancer. This can be a combination of hormone and chemotherapy treatments as well as radiation and surgical intervention. If your doctor believes that surgical intervention is necessary, usually the procedure performed is a resection. This removes the tumor or cancer to ensure that it does not spread further and other ill side effects of its presence in the brain are addressed. Treatments are formulated based on the type of brain cancer as well as the patient's desires and pre-existing medical condition.

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If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with brain cancer or has similar symptoms, contact Infirmary Cancer Care today. We can help you through the process of diagnosing, treating and recovering from brain cancer. Our specialists have the treatments and experience necessary to provide the best brain cancer treatments possible.

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