Malignant Brain Tumor Program
Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment
Malignant tumors have cells that look and act very differently than normal cells. A malignant tumor means a patient has cancer. Because these cancer cells can invade surrounding tissue very quickly, aggressive treatment is necessary.
When you call The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment for a consultation, we make it a point to see you as soon as possible – within 24 hours if necessary. Surgeries to remove tumors are often done within a week of consultations, and pre-operative procedures can be done the same day as a consultation.
There are three categories of malignant brain tumors:
Grading Brain Tumors to Determine Type
Tumors are graded to indicate prognosis and their rate of growth. During a surgery, or following a biopsy, a pathologist grades a brain tumor based on its cellular makeup and location.
Grades I and II are low-grade tumors that grow slowly and generally stay localized in an area of the brain. They are more commonly found in younger patients. Grade II astrocytomas can spread.
Grades III and IV are high-grade tumors. They can spread throughout the brain and spinal cord.
Knowing the grades of tumors help physicians decide which treatments will work best.