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Brain cancer

The information on this page was reviewed and approved by
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science at CTCA.

This page was updated on August 11, 2021.

Brain cancer diagnoses vary widely. Know your options.

Primary brain tumors originate in the brain and occur as the result of abnormal changes to brain cells, known as mutations. As the cells mutate, they grow and multiply uncontrollably, forming a mass, or tumor. Cancers that have spread (metastasized) to the brain from other locations in the body are known as brain metastases. Brain metastases can be a single tumor or multiple tumors.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we use a variety of diagnostic tools and tests to evaluate primary and metastatic brain tumors, including biopsy, angiography and nuclear medicine bone scan. Then we use that information to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that also includes supportive care options to help manage the side effects of the disease and its treatment. A multidisciplinary team of brain cancer experts recommends treatment options based on each patient’s your diagnosis and situation.

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Treatment options

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Our brain cancer program is staffed by doctors experienced in surgical procedures to remove tumors in the brain. We also offer innovative approaches in radiation therapies designed to reduce damage to surrounding healthy structures in the brain.

Brain cancer treatment options include:

Surgery is often the first line of treatment for brain cancer. Procedures may include minimally invasive surgical techniques to precisely and safely remove tumors.

This treatment is frequently used to treat high-grade brain cancer, either alone or in combination with other brain cancer treatments, such as surgery and/or radiation therapy.

This specialized type of surgery performed on the nervous system, particularly the brain and spinal cord, typically focuses on removing the entire brain tumor.

Radiation therapy
This treatment is used to destroy brain tumor cells and to relieve symptoms caused by a tumor.

Targeted therapy
Targeted therapy drugs are designed to target specific pathways or abnormalities in cells involved in brain tumor growth.

Learn more about treatments for brain cancer

Supportive care

A multidisciplinary team of doctors and clinicians help our patients manage the side effects of brain cancer and its treatment. Supportive care services are designed to help patients stay strong and maintain quality of life throughout treatment. Supportive care options for brain cancer patients may include:


​Pain management

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care.


​Oncology rehabilitation

​Oncology rehabilitation includes a wide range of therapies designed to help you build strength and endurance.


Behavioral health

​Our behavioral health support program is designed to support you and your caregivers before, during and after cancer treatment.

Anthony Dickey

Anthony D.

Brain Cancer

"My experience with brain cancer and with CTCA changed me. I believe in the power of not giving up, and I believe that CTCA has the kind of care many of us are looking for. No matter what roadblock we encountered along the way, I feel CTCA was there to help us through."


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