Tumors of the brain can be malignant (cancerous) or benign
(non-cancerous). Even benign tumors can cause serious problems since they can
press against or damage brain tissue or the spine as they grow.
tumors have different patterns and treatments in adults and children.
A brain tumor can
be cancerous (malignant) or be non-cancerous (benign). Even a benign tumor in
the brain or spine is a serious problem because it can damage the central
nervous system as it grows and increases brain
brain tumor is
cancer that has traveled into the brain from another part of the body.
types of cancer can cause a metastatic brain tumor. Cancer commonly spreads to
the brain from the lungs, breast, kidneys or skin (melanoma). Metastatic brain tumors are
more common in adults than in children.
skull base lies behind the eyes and nose, and slopes under the brain to the
back of the head. Openings in the skull base allow passage of the spinal cord,
multiple nerves and major blood vessels between the brain and the rest of the
body. Skull base tumors are considered rare. Specific expertise, available at
Allina Health, is needed for treatment.
We care for patients with tumors and conditions that include:
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute
John E. Trusheim, MD, medical director of neuro-oncology, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute