A brain tumor is a collection of cells that starts growing out of control, forming a mass (tumor).
Symptoms of a brain tumor may include:
- Changes in personality
- Difficulty with balance and coordination
- Fits of uncontrolled movements (seizures)
- Memory problems
- Muscle weakness
- Vision changes, such as double vision
Types of brain tumors we treat
- Glioblastoma multiforme – Glioblastoma multiforme is a common brain tumor that grows quickly and can invade healthy tissue.
- Gliomas – Gliomas are a group of brain tumors that start in the cells surrounding the nerves (glial cells). There are many types of gliomas, including astrocytoma and oligodendroglioma. LVHN has the only board-certified neuropathologist in the region who specializes in diagnosing conditions affecting the brain, so you can expect an expert, precise diagnosis.
- Medulloblastoma – Medulloblastoma is a brain tumor that starts in the lower part of the brain and is rare in adults. We consult with world-renowned experts from the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center whenever necessary, helping you receive effective care close to home. Find out more about our membership in the MSK Cancer Alliance.
- Meningiomas – Meningiomas are slow-growing brain tumors. These tumors occur in the tissue covering the outer part of the brain.
- Pituitary tumors – These tumors affect the pituitary gland, which controls chemical messengers (hormones). When these tumors grow, they can threaten vision.
- Schwannoma – Schwannoma is a noncancerous (benign) tumor affecting the nerve sheath that protects the nerves. As the tumor grows, it may press against healthy nerve tissue leading to symptoms such as a loss of sensation. Our team includes neurosurgeons who use sophisticated technologies to remove schwannomas. Read more about neurosurgery and radiation therapy.
Brain tumor care at Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute
At the Cancer Institute, we treat all types of brain tumors – including rare and complex tumors.
In addition to neurosurgery to remove brain tumor, your care may also include: radiation therapy, chemotherapy, Immunotherapy and many clinical trial opportunities. Learn more about brain tumor care.