If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with cancer, we know it comes with a lot more questions than answers. Our care specialists are here to guide you through next steps, support resources, financial resources, and anything else you may need.

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Treating Brain and Spinal Cancer 

Brain and Spinal cancer is a common term for a cancerous (malignant) tumor that starts the brain tissue and can travel to the spinal cord or the central nervous system (CNS). Treatment options for brain and spinal cancer depend on many factors, including the type and stage of the disease, but you can expect a combination of these types of treatments:

Local treatments

Local treatments refer to treatment that treats the tumor without affecting the rest of the body. Common local treatments of brain and spinal cancer are surgery to remove the tumor and radiation therapy. Depending on the type of brain and spinal cancer and how advanced it is, you might need other types of treatment as well, either before or after surgery, or sometimes both.

Systemic treatments

Systemic reach cancer cells almost anywhere in the body. They can be given by mouth or put directly into the bloodstream. Depending on the type of brain and spinal cancer, different types of treatment might be used, including:

  • Chemotherapy for Brain and SpinalCancer
  • Alternating Electric Field Therapy for Brain and Spinal Cancer
  • Targeted Therapy for Brain and Spinal Cancer
  • Radiation Therapy for Brain and SpinalCancer

How quickly do I need to make a decision about brain and spinal cancer treatment?

Treatment for brain and spinal cancer should start soon after diagnosis. But, it’s important to take the time to review and understand your treatment options. Everyone’s circumstances and cancer diagnosis are unique, and our team will work with you to go over all your options and create the best treatment plan.

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Approach

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, which is why we have created a center of excellence that creates collaboration between physician specialists that provide world-class treatment in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas, and support beyond your doctor’s appointments.

In addition to radiation oncology treatment, the Center offers a multitude of patient care services including:

  • Patient Navigation services including nurse-managed care coordination
  • Educational information on cancer and care options
  • Support groups for patients and families. (Spanish groups now available)
  • Patient Fitness Programs, including WellFit™
  • On-site Chaplaincy Services
  • Nutritional Consultations
  • No cost hats, wigs, scarves

Our team of passionate health professionals offer free cancer screenings for your peace of mind.