Brain Cancer Treatment

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The brain and spinal cord together are considered the central nervous system, or CNS. Abnormal clones of cells can arise in either of these areas and can lead to a variety of different symptoms and conditions. Primary brain tumors are those that start in the brain, versus a malignant tumor that starts in another part of the body and spreads to the brain. These metastatic tumors may have begun in the lung or breast, for instance. Even if symptoms arise and a tumor is found in the brain, it does not mean that one has brain cancer.

Some tumors in the brain are benign, meaning they are nonmalignant. A comprehensive diagnostic workup will include a medical interview and neurological exam testing your vision, strength, coordination, balance, hearing and reflexes. Imaging tests, including a brain MRI and possibly CT scan or PET scan, will be performed. If it is suspected that the brain tumor originated in another part of the body, a CT scan of other areas may be necessary. A biopsy can be performed to remove either a piece of, or the whole tumor, and the tissue can then be studied under a microscope to determine its cancer status. Molecular testing of the tumor may be ordered to identify specific tumor markers that may help with a diagnosis and/or treatment.


The most common types of adult brain tumors are gliomas, which form from glial cells, followed by meningeal tumors. The glial cells are the most abundant type of cell in the CNS. They protect the neurons (nerves that conduct messages) from damage. Meningeal cells form the membraneous layers that surround the CNS. Symptoms of brain tumors can vary widely depending on location within the brain and type of tumor tissue. Common symptoms can include headaches, seizures, balance changes or alteration of senses like vision, smell, or taste.


Treatment for brain cancer has greatly evolved with recent advances in research. The medical oncologists at Salish Cancer Center have worked with patients using stand-alone or combination therapies including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and, more recently, tumor treating fields for certain tumor types such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Treatment for symptoms may include anti-seizure drugs, steroids and surgery. Coordination between specialists is a necessity. As a patient of Salish Cancer Center, you will also visit with a naturopathic physician specifically trained in Integrative Oncology using diet, supplements and lifestyle counseling. Our naturopathic doctors work with patients at all stages of disease with symptom management, optimizing your conventional treatment for the greatest effect and supporting your overall health and wellbeing. Acupuncture treatments are also often highly effective for many cancer-related conditions such as nausea, pain and insomnia.

Financing cancer treatment can be a stressor. We accept most insurance plans and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. Other integrative services offered here, such as acupuncture, may be covered as well.  All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we can give you our most well-informed recommendations.

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Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with brain cancer, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.  CONTACT US TODAY