As Georgia’s largest and most comprehensive cancer care network, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute (NHCI) is a skilled provider of treatment and support for patients diagnosed with a brain tumor or tumors of the central nervous system (CNS). Our Brain Tumor Program has performed more brain tumor treatments utilizing Gamma Knife® technology than any other hospital in Georgia.
With a network of 50 cancer centers across Georgia and the most board-certified oncology providers in the state, we are committed to providing safe and effective patient care, from diagnosis through treatment and into post-treatment rehabilitation and support.
Primary brain tumors (gliomas) start in the brain and affect the central nervous system (CNS). They can be noncancerous or cancerous. Secondary brain tumors, which are 10 times more common, are cancers that originated elsewhere in the body and have metastasized (spread) to the brain.
Brain tumor symptoms depend on the tumor's size, location, how far it has spread, and whether there is brain swelling. Some tumors do not cause symptoms until they are very large while other tumors have symptoms that develop slowly. The most common symptoms of brain tumors include:
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Most of the time, the cause of a brain tumor is unknown, but the following factors may raise a person’s risk of developing a brain tumor:
Our Cancer Genetics Program is dedicated to helping patients assess, understand and reduce the risk of developing certain types of genetically influenced cancer such as brain cancer. Individuals with a strong family history of cancer, which may include earlier than average age at cancer diagnosis and multiple family members with the same type of cancer or cancers associated with the same genetic cause may benefit from a consult with one of our genetic counselors.
Some patients may be referred for a consult after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer and before initiation of treatment. The Cancer Genetics Program can help newly diagnosed patients understand the role that genetics might play in their treatment decisions.
More than 17,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain or CNS tumor each year. Some brain tumors are benign (noncancerous). Noncancerous tumors can usually be removed and are not likely to recur. Other brain tumors are malignant (cancerous). These tumors interfere with vital functions and are life threatening. Cancerous brain tumors usually grow rapidly, crowding and invading brain tissue.
There are no widely recommended tests to screen for brain tumors. Most brain tumors are found when a person sees a doctor because they recognize signs or are experiencing symptoms and undergo a diagnostic neurological exam and imaging tests to determine a diagnosis.
Northside Hospital offers the following services to diagnose brain and CNS tumors:
We offer specialized care for many different types of brain and CNS tumors including:
Dr. Jim Robinson, Neurosurgeon at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute
The strength of the NHCI Brain Tumor Program is our multidisciplinary team of highly skilled, sub-specialized neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists who work together every step of the way to provide individualized care for each patient diagnosed with a brain or CNS tumor. Northside's Brain Tumor Program offers a comprehensive scope of medical services, the latest technology, leading-edge clinical research and compassionate support.
Treating brain and CNS tumors requires a team of neuro-oncology specialists working together to provide the best care possible for the patient. Our brain cancer multidisciplinary care team consists of:
NHCI's multidisciplinary conferences, during which neuro-oncology specialists discuss brain and CNS tumor cases, provide a forum for physicians and clinical support staff to review radiology and pathology images, discuss the best Brain Cancer Treatment Options, including clinical trials, and agree upon an evidence-based treatment plan for each patient. By prospectively discussing cancer cases during conference, patients get the benefit of not just one clinical perspective but more than a dozen expert opinions.
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is committed to providing high quality care for patients with brain and CNS tumors and seeks to make access to that care as convenient as possible.
We treat many different types and grades of brain and CNS tumors with the latest treatment technologies including utilization of Gamma Knife—the most advanced treatment for malignant and benign brain tumors. We also offer personalized therapies based on the cancer's specific genetic makeup. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute neuro-oncology specialists and supportive care team members work together to ensure all patients receive high quality, evidence-based care.
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Ongoing support is crucial when you are facing treatment for a brain or CNS tumor and afterward. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute provides a full range of support and survivorship programs and services to address the unique needs of brain and CNS tumor patients.
Brain cancer treatment and recovery can be overwhelming, which is why the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Brain Tumor Program provides access to oncology nurse navigators to guide patients every step of the way on their cancer recovery journey. Our neuro-oncology nurse navigator is a registered nurse with extensive knowledge and training in neuro-oncology. Nurse navigators help guide patients after a cancer diagnosis and throughout treatment; provide education and support so that patients make informed decisions about their care; and, work with neurosurgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, and other neuro oncology specialists to coordinate each patient’s treatment plan.
Support provided by oncology nurse navigators includes:
For brain and CNS tumor patients and survivors, Northside Hospital is ready to give you the support you need. To learn more about oncology patient navigation or to speak with an oncology nurse navigator, 404-300-2800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing support is crucial when facing cancer and afterward. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute provides a full range of Support and survivorship programs and services to address the unique needs of brain cancer patients.
Our oncology nurse navigators facilitate access to Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s comprehensive portfolio of patient support services depending upon each patient’s unique needs.
Network of Hope
The Network of Hope (NoH) program connects cancer patients with trained volunteers who have also faced cancer and embraced life afterward. Volunteer cancer survivors and caregivers are available to mentor cancer patients throughout their treatment.