If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain tumor or other brain disorder, the experts at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center are here for you. Our Neuro-Oncology team will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets both your needs and preferences.
The Roswell Difference: Cancer is Our Only Focus
Roswell Park provides care for the whole person. While our surgical, medical and radiation oncologists treat the disease, our patients can also rely on a team of psychologists, social workers, dietitians and other professionals, who work together to provide a full spectrum of integrated care — all under one roof.
We know every patient is unique. That’s why we deliver the highest-quality care, with a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.
- About 23,820 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (13,410 in males and 10,410 in females) will be diagnosed.
- About 17,760 people (9,910 males and 7,850 females) will die from brain and spinal cord tumors.
- Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is less than 1%. The risk for men (about 1 in 143) is slightly higher than that for women (about 1 in 185), although certain types of tumors are more common in women.
- The best known environmental risk factor for brain tumors is radiation exposure, most often from radiation therapy to treat some other condition.
- Most people with brain tumors do not have a family history of the disease, but in rare cases brain and spinal cord cancers run in families.
- People with weakened immune systems have an increased risk of developing lymphomas of the brain or spinal cord (known as primary CNS lymphomas).