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The staging process assesses the spread of cancer beyond the origin site. Brain cancer does not behave in the same way as other cancers. Tumors may migrate within the brain, but it is very rare for primary brain tumors to spread outside of the brain, or away from the central nervous system (CNS).
Consequently, brain cancer is usually graded rather than staged. The brain tumor grading system features four distinct grades and provides your care team with an understanding of how the tumor grows. This process helps our doctors match brain cancer treatments to individual needs.
To determine the growth and development of tumors in the brain, doctors focus on the characteristics of the tumor and its effect on functionality. The main factors used to assess brain tumors include:
A complete assessment will also factor in age and any brain cancer symptoms that are limiting basic functions, such as speech, hearing or movement.
In grade IV brain cancer, the tumor grows and spreads very quickly, and the tumor cells do not look like normal cells.
If you have a neurologic cancer, it's important to be seen by a multidisciplinary team of physicians with expertise in performing cancer-related surgical procedures on the nervous system and its supporting structures.
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