Brain Tumor Diagnosis

Brain Tumor Diagnosis

You have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. It is now important to understand the type and grade; whether it is a primary or secondary tumor; if it is cancerous or not, and where in the brain the tumor is located. The brain, its structure, and the role that each part plays in our everyday thoughts and behaviors is remarkable. These are only some of the reasons why a tumor in the brain is so complex. In this section, learn more about tumor types, treatment options, brain tumor terminology, the importance of genetic testing, the role of your caregiver, and ask the right questions to take charge of your treatment plan.

Brain Tumor Glossary

Explore and learn some of the most used terms about brain tumors.  LEARN MORE >

Tumor Types

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain or central spine that can disrupt proper brain function. With over 140 tumor types, it’s challenging to diagnose and treat brain tumors.  LEARN MORE >

Treatment Options

Treatments for different brain tumors will depend on symptoms, location, biological aggressiveness of the tumor, the extent of possible surgical resection, and the tumor tissue pathology characteristics.  LEARN MORE >

Importance of Genetic Testing

In 2016 the World Health Organization published an official reclassification of tumor types for brain tumors. They were able to do this by integrating genetics and tumor characteristics, which allow doctors to make a more precise diagnosis and treatment plan. LEARN MORE >

Caregiver: Encouraging and Supporting the Patient

A caregiver is anybody who provides unpaid help, or arranges for help, to a relative or friend because they have an illness or disability. Help can be physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or logistical. LEARN MORE >

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Take one step at a time. You can learn about your diagnosis, treatment options, and what to expect after treatment, then decide the best next-steps for you and your family. LEARN MORE >