There are more than 150 kinds of brain tumors. Many aren’t cancerous. At the Center for Neurosurgery Las Vegas, board-certified, multi-fellowship-trained neurosurgeon Scott Glickman, DO, FACOS, has extensive experience treating all kinds of brain tumors. To learn more about surgical treatment of brain tumors, call the office in Las Vegas, Nevada, today or request an appointment online.
A brain tumor is a mass made up of abnormal cells. These cells grow and multiply uncontrollably in your brain. The many kinds of brain tumors all fall into two categories:
Primary brain tumors begin in the tissues of your brain or the membranes that surround it. Primary tumors can be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).
The primary brain tumors that doctors see most often are gliomas and meningiomas. Gliomas consist of glial cells, which normally support your nervous system. Glioblastomas are the most aggressive gliomas. Meningiomas develop in the meninges, the membranes that cover your brain.
Metastatic brain tumors arise in other parts of your body, like the lungs, and travel to the brain. Metastatic tumors are cancerous. Nearly one in four people with cancer develop a metastatic brain tumor.
Brain tumors cause Many symptoms based on their size, where they are, and how fast they’re growing. General symptoms of brain tumors can include:
Call Dr. Glickman at the Center for Neurosurgery Las Vegas if you have any continuous symptoms of a brain tumor.
First, Dr. Glickman conducts a thorough neurological exam, checking your hearing, vision, balance, and coordination, among other things. Areas of difficulty provide information about where a brain tumor is.
Imaging tests, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and positron emission tomography (PET), can also help diagnose brain tumors.
At the Center for Neurosurgery Las Vegas, Dr. Glickman develops an individualized treatment plan based on the kind of brain tumor you have, where it is, and how big it is.
If the tumor is in an area that’s accessible, Dr. Glickman may recommend surgery. He uses advanced technologies and techniques like computer-assisted navigation and minimally invasive procedures to ensure the best possible results.
Another brain tumor treatment is stereotactic radiosurgery. This treatment uses highly focused beams of radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapy.
For patient-centered care of brain tumors, call the Center for Neurosurgery Las Vegas today, or book an appointment online.