Brain tumors affect an estimated 22,000 Americans each year. The term "primary" brain tumor describes cancer that begins in the brain tissue; metastatic brain tumors refer to cancer that has spread to the brain from another part of the body. All tumors located in the brain can cause effects throughout the body, including memory loss, problems with muscle control, impaired sensation and more.
At Carilion Clinic we understand the anxiety that surrounds a diagnosis of a brain tumor for patients and their families. Because the brain is central to all human function, treatment is complex and may depend on many factors, including the age of the patient and the location, size and specific type of tumor involved.
Our cancer treatment program, in collaboration with the physicians of Blue Ridge Cancer Care, provides the full range of brain tumor treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation, on both an in-patient and out-patient basis.
Our extraordinary Department of Neurosurgery is staffed with highly skilled specialists in pediatric and adult brain surgery who have trained at some of the best medical centers in the US. Our neurosurgeons are not only highly skilled and experts in their area of specialty, they are also warm and caring.
We perform hundreds of brain surgeries every year. Every case is reviewed pre- and post-operatively by a team of specialists so every patient benefits from multidisciplinary care. Our operating facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and staffed with experienced, dedicated professionals.