Brain Tumor Awareness: Knowing the Facts

By: Winship Cancer Institute
Date: May 29, 2020

Approximately 24,000 people per year are diagnosed with a primary brain or spine tumor. Primary brain and spine cancers may be considered rare. Still, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University radiation oncologists are here to help as experts in whatever your form of cancer and provide information and support when you need it most.

Defining the Cancer

Brain and spine tumors are masses of abnormal cells in the brain or spinal cord that have grown out of control. While it’s rare for them to spread to other parts of the body, most can spread throughout the brain tissue.

Knowing the Symptoms

Pressure inside the skull can be a direct result of tumors in the brain. This can lead to general symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Problems with balance
  • Personality or behavior changes
  • Seizures
  • Drowsiness or even coma

Proton Therapy: An Innovative Treatment Option

Proton therapy is a form of radiation therapy that can be especially effective in treating specific brain and spine tumors because of its pinpoint precision and accuracy. This can reduce or avoid radiation to healthy, normal brain and spine tissues, and may be an appropriate option for some patients. It may also lessen the risks of side effects, such as memory loss or hormone imbalance.

While proton therapy may not be appropriate for all patients, Winship at Emory radiation oncologists will work with you or a loved one personally to provide the best treatment recommendation for your cancer.

Emory Proton Therapy Center

To learn more about proton therapy and the Emory Proton Therapy Center, visit or call 844-224-5934.

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