Brain Tumors

While we treat all brain diseases and conditions, these brain tumors are among those we most commonly treat.

  • Astrocytoma
  • Ependymoma - A tumor arising from the ependymal cells found along the ventricles and central canal of the spinal cord. This is a relatively common and usually slow-growing tumor, accounting for more than half of adult spinal cord tumors.
  • Glioblastoma multiforme (grade IV astrocytoma) - This is the most common and most malignant of the primary brain tumors. Glioblastoma multiforme usually spreads quickly to other parts of the brain. For this reason, these tumors are difficult to treat. It is not uncommon for them to reoccur after initial treatment.
  • Meningioma - A benign tumor arising from the meninges, the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Meningiomas occur most commonly in middle-aged women.
  • Metastatic tumor - Tumor formed by cancer cells that spread (metastasize) to the brain from elsewhere in the body. They can appear anywhere in the brain or spine.
  • Mixed glioma
  • Oligodendroglioma - A tumor that arises from oligodendrocytes, a type of supportive brain tissue. They occur most frequently in young and middle-aged adults.
  • Pineal region tumor - This type of tumor occurs in the area of the brain's pineal gland. Germinomas, teratomas, pineocytomas, pineoblastomas, mixed tumors and astrocytomas can occur in the pineal region.

Gamma Knife
Riverside is one of very few locations in Virginia to have the Gamma Knife, an effective "knifeless" treatment for brain tumors.

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