Brain cancer can refer to cancer that starts in the brain, or cancer that starts elsewhere in the body and eventually metastasizes (spreads) to the brain through the bloodstream. If a tumor originates in the brain tissue, it is known as a primary brain tumor; if it originates elsewhere in the body and spreads to the brain, it is known as a metastatic brain tumor.
Metastatic tumors are much more common than primary tumors. Cancers of the lungs, breasts and kidneys are especially likely to metastasize to the brain. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, approximately one out of every four cancer patients will eventually experience a brain metastasis.
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At Moffitt Cancer Center, we provide advanced, multispecialty treatment to patients with primary and metastatic brain cancers. Unlike other cancer centers, where brain cancer may be just one small area of focus, our specialized Neuro-Oncology Program focuses exclusively on treating tumors of the brain, skull base and spine.
Our oncologists have experience diagnosing and treating many different types of brain cancer, including:
- Mixed gliomas
- Pituitary adenomas
Our team also specializes in the management of other brain-related conditions, including central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, meningeal carcinoma and neurofibromatosis.
Our multispecialty brain cancer team is made up of not only neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists, but also highly specialized neurologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists and neuropsychologists, all of whom work together on a tumor board to improve each patient’s prognosis and quality of life. Throughout the course of a patient’s treatment, the tumor board will evaluate the patient’s progress in light of the newest research findings to make evidence-based recommendations.
Moffitt is a founding and active member of the National Cancer Institute’s Adult Brain Tumor Consortium – one of just 15 in the United States. At Moffitt, patients can access a complete range of brain cancer treatments, including molecular therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and chemotherapy, all in one convenient location. Clinical trials, which allow patients to receive the most innovative therapies under the care of a dedicated treatment team, are also available at Moffitt.
No referral is required to come to Moffitt Cancer Center. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-MOFFITT or fill out our new patient form online.