Around 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a primary brain tumor – 71% are benign and 29% are malignant. If you’ve been diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor, our team of experts can help.

At HonorHealth, we deliver care with integrity, respect and dedication. From the physical to the emotional, we go beyond what’s expected, to provide the right care focused on what’s best for you. We’re here for you every step of the way throughout your cancer journey, offering personalized treatment plans and access to leading edge cancer research and clinical trials.

Types of brain tumors

There are two types of brain tumors that start in different areas of your body: primary (brain or spinal cord) and metastatic (lungs, breast or colon, and spread to your brain or spine). They are diagnosed as either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumors can push on parts of your brain and cause serious, life-threatening issues. Malignant tumors grow quickly and invade the surrounding tissue, sometimes spreading to other parts of your body.

The most commonly diagnosed brain tumors include:

  • Gliomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Schwannomas – acoustic neuroma
  • Medulloblastoma


Risk factors

There are three risk factors you should be aware of, including:

  • Sex: Brain tumors are more common in males than females.
  • Race: Brain tumors are more common in Caucasians.
  • Age: Most brain tumors are found in people over age 70 yet are considered the second most common cancer in children under age 8.


Symptoms vary depending on the location and size of your tumor, and your treatments. The most common include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Speech or vision changes


Your treatment options will depend on your brain tumor type and where it is located. At HonorHealth, we partner with you to help you understand your options and together, determine the best treatment plan for your tumor.
HonorHealth offers several therapies and treatments for brain tumors, including:

  • Surgery
  • Stereotactic radiation
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Brachytherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Intrathecal chemotherapy
  • Medication
  • Clinical trials

A cancer diagnosis can be frightening and overwhelming. Suddenly, you have questions about treatments, nutrition, medications, lifestyle changes and more. There is a lot to learn; however, you don’t have to remember it all. Your care team is available to address questions about your diagnosis, treatment options, care plan and more. We will help guide you along your journey.

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