Primary Brain Tumors May Originate in Various Different Areas of the Brain

Primary brain tumors are so named because they are abnormal growths that begin in the brain, unlike metastatic brain tumors, which are the result of cancer that spreads into the brain from other parts of the body. Tumors originating in the brain are not always cancerous, though while many are benign, all brain tumors should be treated seriously. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of a brain tumor, which commonly include memory problems, seizures, nausea, vomiting, and problems with speech, vision, or hearing, may want to seek a comprehensive examination from a specialist so that the most appropriate treatment plan can be designed if a diagnosis of brain cancer is made.

Primary brain tumors are categorized according to the part of the brain in which they are formed or the type of cells they originate from. The most common types of such tumors are:

  • Astrocytoma
  • Meningioma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Ependymoma
  • Brain stem glioma

Tampa General Hospital's highly skilled neurosurgeons work closely with professional colleagues in medical and radiation oncology to develop comprehensive treatment plans that are individualized for each patient’s condition. Every one of the surgeons in our program is fellowship trained, and they are leaders in the field of skull base surgery, which is used to treat a wide range of brain, spinal, and peripheral nerve conditions, particularly brain cancer.

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