Treating Brain Cancer

If you are newly diagnosed or have a family member who is seeking treatment for a brain tumor, Virginia Mason in Seattle offers expert care from a team of physicians and providers. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (206) 223-6193.

Treatment of your disease will depend on the type of tumor you have, where it is located and how aggressive it is (based on what the cells look like under a microscope). Treatment will also depend on your age and your overall health.

A tumor in the brain is treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or with a combination of these therapies. Additionally, when surgery is not possible or when standard treatment has failed, you may be eligible for an investigational study called a clinical trial that offers new approaches to treatment. Virginia Mason takes part in many Clinical Studies thereby offering access to new treatments.

A neuro-oncologist works with a team consisting of a neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist, radiation therapists, social workers and nurse to craft the best treatment plan for your specific medical and personal situation. Generally you will see the neuro-oncologist every one to two months and undergo surveillance scans of the brain every three to four months for the first year. After the first year you will need brain scans every six months.