Neurologic Cancer Services
A brain tumor is a disease in which cells grow uncontrollably in the brain. Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. If cells divide uncontrollably they form a mass of tissue. The mass is called a growth or tumor. The term cancer usually refers to malignant tumors. These can invade nearby tissue and can spread to other parts of the body. A benign tumor does not spread, but it can press structures near it causing symptoms.
Approximately 18,000 Americans are diagnosed with malignant brain, spinal cord and other nervous system tumors every year. Children younger than 10 years old are most often the victims of brain and spinal cord tumors. In adults, tumors are most common from 30 through 50 years of age.
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center offers specialized neurologic cancer services. Our expert physicians include neurosurgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, neurologists, interventional radiologists and other specialists.