Brain tumor care in San Antonio

At Methodist Healthcare, our specialists provide advanced care and treatment for patients with brain tumors and brain cancer. We offer a variety of treatments, ensuring our patients have access to advanced technology and superior care from experts in neurology.

For more information about our brain cancer care, please call the Methodist Healthcare HealthLine at (210) 575-0355.

Types of brain tumors

Like all tumors, a brain tumor develops when cells grow and divide without control or order, leading to serious health complications. There are two types of classification for brain tumors: benign and malignant.

Benign brain tumors

No one knows what exactly causes benign tumors. A benign tumor is a tumor that is not cancerous. Unlike other benign tumors, benign brain tumors can be life-threatening because of their ability to disrupt or compress structures inside the skull. Because of this potential health risk, treatment of benign brain tumors is critical.

Fortunately, most benign tumors are treatable. Surgical removal of the tumor, medication to reduce swelling or radiation therapy are some of the most common treatment options for patients with benign brain tumors. Because most benign tumors do not grow rapidly, symptoms may take a long time to develop.

Malignant brain tumors

Malignant brain tumors are cancerous tumors that can spread to other parts of the brain and the central nervous system. Because brain tumors are hard to catch in the early phases of cancer, malignant brain tumors rarely show symptoms until they are large and can cause severe declines in a patient's health.

Brain tumor symptoms

Consult your primary care doctor or specialist in neurological care if you experience any of the following:

  • Seizures
  • Significant changes in hearing
  • Changes in vision
  • Problems with memory
  • Sudden or gradual loss of balance

Brain cancer treatment

Like any other cancer, brain cancer treatment options vary widely depending on the tumor's location, size and type, the patient's age and other medical problems that are present.

The most commonly used treatments in cancer care are surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. In many instances, more than one of these is used.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Methodist Healthcare is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

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