Did you know the month of May is Brain Tumor Awareness month? Each year at this time, Brain Tumor organizations come together to support the brain tumor community. Here at Brain and Spine Surgeons of NY (BSSNY), a team of dedicated surgeons work hard to combat the debilitating effects of brain tumors each and every day. The BSSNY multidisciplinary program uses the expertise of neurosurgeons, head and neck surgeons, endovascular surgeons and plastic surgeons to design the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient with the best possible outcomes in mind.
An estimated 700,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor. And an estimated 84,000 will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis in 2021. Those are some big numbers! That’s why the board-certified team of surgeons at BSSNY provide a Cranial Base and Tumor Program that is catered to each individuals needs.
Brain tumors come in all shapes, sizes, and are located in different areas of the brain. They are divided into many classifications:
1. Primary brain tumors refer to tumors that originate in the brain. They may be either benign or malignant.
2. Metastatic tumors originate elsewhere in the body and travel through the bloodstream to the brain. These types of tumors are always malignant.
Most tumors are biopsied prior to treatment. In cases where the tumor is adjacent to vital structures, a decision may be made prior to surgery to perform only a biopsy rather than attempting to remove the entire tumor.
Some brain tumors do not produce symptoms. Other times, symptoms may include headaches (especially at night), seizures or neurological difficulties related to speech, vision, numbness, weakness, balance or walking.
Finding out you or a loved one has a brain tumor can be very scary. The team at Brain & Spine Surgeons of NY is dedicated to help comfort the patient and their family through the process of diagnosis and treatment. An individualized treatment plan is designed to help a patient live their best life possible. New treatments are being developed rapidly and the prognosis for patients with brain tumors is brighter than it ever was in the past. BSSNY participates in clinical trials.
For more information on Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York’s Brain Tumor program, please click here or call 914-292-3367.