Napa Valley Brain Cancer Treatment

Comprehensive care for cancers of the brain and spinal cord

Learning that you or a loved one have brain cancer is a scary thing to hear, but the important thing to remember is that, like with any cancer, you have options. Brain cancers begin when tumors grow on the brain or spinal cord. Cancer that began somewhere else can also spread to the brain, which is called metastatic brain cancer. Our compassionate team of oncologists will help you understand more about your diagnosis and work with you to develop a treatment plan.

What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

As with all forms of cancer, early detection can greatly improve your options for treatment. Brain cancer can be tricky because it can cause a wide range of symptoms, and sometimes it may not manifest any symptoms at all. In many cases, however, brain tumors will result in noticeable changes in behavior, mood or your physical capabilities.

Possible symptoms of a brain tumor include:

  • Headaches, which may get worse with activity or during the morning
  • Seizures
  • Changes in your hearing, vision, sight or smell
  • Personality changes
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Balance problems
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Nausea or vomiting

It is important to receive an official diagnosis before assuming you have brain cancer. These symptoms could be indicators of an unrelated medical issue. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Treatment options

Careful consideration needs to be made when it comes to the treatment of brain cancers. Treatment usually requires collaboration between oncologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and other specialists.

In many cancer treatments, some collateral damage to nearby healthy cells is expected. This can cause more damage when applied to the brain. Greater emphasis is placed on applying the treatment directly to the tumor without interfering with the rest of the brain.

Brain cancer treatment typically involves one or a combination of the following:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery to remove the tumor
  • Targeted radiation therapy

Remember that cancer affects everyone differently. The approach to treatment will depend on many factors, including your age, the size of the tumor and where the tumor is. We will help you may informed decisions regarding your treatment.