If you’re diagnosed with a brain tumor, you should be able to count on the experience of your surgeon to guide your decisions and perform advanced procedures such as radiosurgery. Brian Gantwerker, MD, at The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles is a board-certified neurosurgeon with extensive experience removing brain tumors. You can also depend on his personal attention and compassionate care. To learn more about brain tumor treatment, call either the Santa Monica or Encino, California, office or book an appointment online.
There are more than 150 types of brain tumors, so these are just a few of the most common ones:
All types of brain tumors fall into one of two groups:
Primary brain tumors may be malignant or benign. They arise from brain tissue or from nerves and blood vessels in your brain. Although primary tumors seldom spread to other areas of your body, some may invade the surrounding area and destroy brain tissue.
This type of brain tumor is caused by cancer that originates elsewhere in your body then spreads to your brain. For example, more than 40% of people who have lung cancer also develop metastatic brain tumors.
Brain tumor symptoms depend on the location of the tumor, but patients often experience:
You may also develop weakness or paralysis on one side of your body or in one specific body area.
Your treatment depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor. Whenever appropriate, Dr. Gantwerker surgically removes tumors, but radiation may be needed after surgery or it can be used alone if surgery isn’t possible.
Dr. Gantwerker performs traditional brain surgery, which is called a craniotomy. During a craniotomy, he makes a surgical opening in the skull and uses a specialized microscope to view the tumor. His expertise as a neurosurgeon allows him to remove as much of the tumor as possible without damaging healthy brain tissue.
If you have headaches or other symptoms of a brain tumor, call The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.