About brain cancer
There are many different types of brain cancers, and glioblastoma makes up about 56% of these cases in adults. When malignant cells develop in the brain and form a tumor, it is known as a primary brain tumor. However, other cancers, such as breast, lung, and colon cancer, can spread (metastasis) to the brain, forming a metastatic brain tumor. Regardless of the type of brain cancer, our multidisciplinary cancer team is highly equipped and trained to provide quality cancer treatment. At Calaway·Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO, we believe you are more than a cancer patient and work fervently to do all we can to help you beat cancer.
Primary brain tumors develop in the brain while metastatic brain tumors develop elsewhere in the body. In most cases of primary brain tumors, the cause of the tumor is unclear. We know it begins from a mass of mutated cells that divide and grow in the brain. With metastatic brain tumors, the process is the same, but the original site of the cancer is located in another area of the body, like the breasts or lungs. Common factors that may increase an individual's risk of brain cancer include exposure to radiation and having a family history of brain cancer. Most brain cancer cases occur in men and women over the age of 60, but this type of cancer occurs in younger patients as well.
Signs and symptoms will vary greatly based on the size, location, and growth rate of the brain tumor. Common symptoms include:
- Chronic or severe headaches
- Unexplained nausea or vomiting
- Vision problem
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- Difficulty with talking, hearing, or balance
- Personality or behavioral changes
Treatment options will be based on the size, type, stage, and location of the brain tumor. At Calaway·Young Cancer Center, we offer radiation (Optune® cap), chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and scalp cooling. In some cases, surgical removal of a brain tumor may be an option. Our cancer team utilizes a multidisciplinary approach for the treatment building of each patient and will take our time to educate you on all of your options.
Compassionate patient Care
You are more than your disease and at Calaway·Young Cancer Center, we help moms, dads, wives, husbands, brothers, and sisters to overcome their fight with brain cancer. If you have been referred to our practice or are searching for a seasoned oncologist, call our office today. At Calaway·Young Cancer Center, our goal is to provide the utmost patient care within a compassionate and caring environment.