Types of Treatment for Brain Tumors

Different types of brain tumor treatments have different goals. Here is a list of treatments and their goals. Learn More ›

I've Just Been Told I Have a Brain Tumor

A brain tumor is a type of cancer. And there are very few things scarier than being told you have cancer. You may feel like you are in shock. You may not even want to believe what the doctor has told you. And there are probably so many questions you want to ask but think you can’t because you don’t know where to start.

First of all, it’s OK to be overwhelmed. And it’s OK to feel afraid. But you shouldn’t let those feelings stop you from finding out as much as you can about your cancer and about the options you have. The more you know, the less helpless and afraid you will feel.

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Tips for Living with a Brain Tumor

Were you diagnosed with brain cancer? These tasks may improve your quality of life.

Understanding Your Grade of Brain Tumor

Before your doctor can recommend a treatment plan, he or she needs to know the grade of the cancer. The grade tells these things about the tumor.

  • How malignant it is

  • How likely it is that the cancer will spread to other parts of the brain

  • How it might respond to treatment

A pathologist, a doctor who specializes in looking at tissue under a microscope, determines the grade by looking at the sample of tissue you had removed in a biopsy.

There are four grades of brain tumors. Grade I and II are also called low-grade tumors. Grade III and IV are also called high-grade, or anaplastic tumors.

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