Brain/Central Nervous System Cancers

Brain tumors are masses of abnormal cells that have grown out of control. These tumors may be benign or malignant (cancerous). These tumors may also be categorized into primary (originating in the brain tissue itself) or metastatic (spread to the brain from another site such as the lung or breast). Although brain tumors rarely spread to other parts of the body, they can spread through the brain tissue. These tumors can destroy and compress normal brain tissue as they grow. Brain cancers are often referred to as brain tumors or central nervous system (CNS) tumors.

Legacy Cancer Institute has expertise treating all types of cancers, including gliomas and glioblastoma multiforme.

Hope for patients with brain tumors

Legacy Cancer Institute offers the non-invasive, ultra-precise Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery that targets brain tumors while sparing the nearby healthy brain tissue. BrainPath minimally invasive brain surgery is an option for some complex tumors. Plus, our patients have access to a number of clinical trials.

  • Learn more about Gamma Knife
  • Learn more about BrainPath 
  • Find a  clinical trial

Award-winning care

Legacy ranks among the nation's top cancer programs and has received multiple quality awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. The Commission on Cancer ranks Legacy's cancer program as one of the best in the nation. Learn more.

  • See the survival rates for our patients — adults and children — that place our program among the nation's best
  • Learn more about our awards and recognitions

Childhood cancer

The Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Program at Randall Children's Hospital offers special expertise caring for children with cancers of all types, including a specialized neuro-oncology program for children with brain and spinal tumors. The Victory Clinic helps adult survivors of childhood cancer manage long-term effects of cancer and its treatment.

  • Learn more about our children's brain tumor program

Physician case review

Treatment for brain tumors is best done in a multidisciplinary fashion. Legacy's team of specialists, including neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists, work together to evaluate your case and develop a personalized treatment plan for you. At Legacy we understand that you have a life, not just a diagnosis.

Our multidisciplinary cancer care conferences review complex cases to provide an expert "second opinion" on diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, treatment strategy and rehabilitation. The team includes medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, research coordinators and other cancer care staff.

You're not alone

At the Legacy Cancer Institute we offer services to support every aspect of your treatment including your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being.

  • Support groups and classes. Our support services include a twice-monthly Brain Tumor Support Group.  For more information contact Wendy Talbot, LCSW at wtalbot@lhs.org or 503-413-7921. Find classes for cancer patients.
  • Nurse navigators. They will help you throughout your treatment, from knowing what to expect to finding the right support services and helping you manage symptoms and treatment side effects. Contact a nurse navigator
  • Integrative care through our Cancer Healing Center
  • Cancer rehabilitation

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