Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Choosing Treatment Options

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. This time focuses on increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options.

Tumors in the brain can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a mixture of these therapies. For patients facing a brain tumor diagnosis, it can be difficult to choose a treatment option.

At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, our multidisciplinary team of experienced cancer care specialists works to identify and present you and your family with appropriate treatment options, which may include CyberKnife. While the ultimate decision is up to you, our staff works to answer your questions and guide you as you learn more about each option and whether CyberKnife may be one of those choices. Below are a few factors to consider as you talk with your doctor.

  • Overall health: Consider weighing the advantages of various treatment options, as well as the disadvantages and impact of each on your overall health. Side effects associated with treatment are an important concern for some patients.

  • Lifestyle: If you work or travel frequently, it may be difficult to undergo treatment that lasts for an extended period of time or requires lengthy recovery. Be sure to account not only for the treatment time, but also any recovery time that may be necessary.

  • Long-term results: Ask for research or literature that demonstrates the long-term results of the treatment options presented to you to help you better understand expected outcomes and what life after treatment may be like.

Brain tumors, particularly metastatic brain tumors, are one of the most frequently treated diseases at CyberKnife Center of Chicago. You can learn more about CyberKnife treatment for metastatic tumors in the brain here. Please contact our center to learn more or schedule a consultation.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.