Diagnosing a brain tumor often starts with a physical exam and a
neurological exam. This may often be conducted by the patient’s primary care
provider. In a neurological exam, the doctor will ask series of questions and
perform tests to check the function of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The
patient’s mental status is also assessed. If a brain tumor is suspected,
additional tests are ordered.
Following diagnosis and throughout treatment, patients work closely
with our neuro-oncology care coordinator who meets with patients and families
to provide support and assist in navigating the medical system, after diagnosis
through treatment to follow up.
diagnosis and treatment of tumors relies upon precisely locating and identifying
tumors within the brain and spinal canal. Allina Health has invested in
sophisticated technology to ensure our physicians have the most advanced tools
to accomplish this.
Givens Brain Tumor Center
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Neuroscience Institute
800 East 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407