Brain Cancer

Halifax Health has been innovating in the field of brain cancer studies for decades, and has the distinction of introducing Stereotactic Radiosurgery (the most precise, non-invasive method of reaching tumors and other problem areas deep within the brain) to the Central Florida region. Our skilled oncologists and brain cancer navigators stand ready to help you on your health journey.

Brain Cancer FAQ

In the United States, about 17,000 people are diagnosed with cancer that began in or next to the brain. These are called primary brain cancers. Another 100,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the brain or spinal cord that spread from another place in the body. These are called secondary brain cancers.

If you are experiencing a combination of these symptoms, we recommend scheduling an appointment as soon as possible:

  • Headaches
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Difficulty thinking or speaking
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Weakness, numbness or paralysis in part of the body
  • Loss of balance, dizziness or unsteadiness
  • Hearing loss
  • Changes to vision

Grade 1: Slow-growing or noncancerous. Grade 1 cancer cells appear similar to healthy cells, and can usually be cured with surgery.

Grade 2: Malignant but slow-growing. Grade 2 cells under a microscope look slightly abnormal. These tumors have the ability to spread to nearby tissues or come back after initial treatment.

Grade 3: Malignant and more quick-growing. When viewed at the microscopic level, the malignant cells show even more severe abnormalities. Can easily generate abnormal cells which can spread to other parts of the brain.

Grade 4: Develops rapidly and has various abnormal microscopic features. Grade 4’s timeline is aggressive, and the tumors can spread to other regions of the brain quickly.

Central Florida Cancer Care

Halifax Health – Center for Oncology has produced a long list of “firsts” in oncology diagnosis and treatment. This should be a source of confidence for you, knowing we are leaders in the development of new and better ways to discover and treat cancer.