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Brain Tumor Program

Diagnosis & Treatment of Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

The Brain Tumor Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers multidisciplinary expertise in diagnosing and treating all common brain and spinal cord tumors.

Malignant Tumors

Most frequently these tumors include:

  • Gliomas, malignant tumors that arise in the supportive tissue of the brain (called glial cells). They are equivalent to cancerous lesions. Some of the more common forms of glioma include astrocytomaglioblastoma and oligodendroglioma.
  • Meningiomas , tumors forming from the protective lining of the brain cavity, which can turn into malignant tumors. These can occur in the spinal cord or brain.
  • Secondary brain tumors from cancer of the body or skin that has metastasized to the brain. Metastases are cancer cell deposits that have spread from an original or "primary site" to one or more secondary locations or organs elsewhere in the body. Secondary brain tumors, always malignant, can most frequently originate from lung, breast,  melanoma (skin), or  lymphoma cancers.
  • Neurological complications such as headache or confusion that may result from tumor spread, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy treatments.

Benign Tumors

We also treat benign, non-cancerous, brain and spinal tumors. These include:

  • Schwannoma (also known as an vestibular or acoustic neuroma), which are benign tumors of the hearing nerve;
  • Chordoma, a benign tumor that forms at either the base of the skull or the end of the spine; and
  • Pituitary adenoma, a benign, slow-growing tumor arising from the pituitary gland.

You can read more about  brain tumors and brain cancer - causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention - in the " Your Health" section of our website.