Cancer in the brain can occur in two ways. Primary brain tumors form in the brain itself and do not travel to other parts of the body. Metastatic or secondary brain tumors, which are the most common type, often metastasize from lung or breast tumors. Abnormal cells from tumors anywhere in the body can travel via blood flow to the brain.
At H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute's Neuro-Oncology Program, we specialize in the treatment of brain cancer tumors, including the diagnosis and treatment of glioblastomas, astrocytomas, mixed gliomas, oligodendrogliomas, ependymomas, pituitary adenomas, schwannomas, craniopharyngiomas, meningiomas and medulloblastomas. Brain-related conditions include central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, meningeal carcinoma and neurofibromatosis. In our leading-edge neuro-oncology program, we are creating new standards of care for complex tumors of the brain in molecular therapy, radiosurgery, chemotherapy and advanced imaging. Throughout treatment, we keep both the patient and the family fully informed about their cancer and our treatment regimen, and our expectations for success. Patients are encouraged to follow along with their treatment in the Patient Portal.
Moffitt is the only brain cancer center in Florida and one of only 15 in the U.S. recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a founding and active member of the Adult Brain Tumor Consortium, which aims to develop more effective therapies for these tumors.