About Central Nervous System Cancers
There are many types of brain and spinal cord tumors. Tumors formed by the abnormal growth of cells may begin in different parts of the brain or spinal cord, which makes up the central nervous system. While central nervous system cancers are rare, accounting for only 2% of cancers, they can occur at any age but are most common in young children and older adults.
Treatment for Central Nervous System Cancers in Tampa Bay
Different types of treatment are prescribed for patients with central nervous system cancer and spinal cord tumors. Typically, there are five types of standard treatment which are used:
- Active surveillance
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology offers multiple radiation treatment options for central nervous system cancers, such as including intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, and CyberKnife® radiotherapy. The experts at Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology will take the time to review your case, develop a treatment plan that fits your specific needs, and go over what you can expect during your treatment.
Risk Factors for Central Nervous System Cancers
There are a few known risk factors for central nervous system cancers. Exposure to radiation, from environmental sources or radiation treatment, can increase the risk of developing tumors of the central nervous system. Some genetic factors increase the risk of developing central nervous system cancers, including neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2, Li Fraumeni syndrome, Lynch syndrome, and tuberous sclerosis, although these conditions are rare.
Contact Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology today for more information about central nervous system cancers, our cancer specialists, and treatment options. Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology has multiple Florida facilities located in the Tampa Bay area in Tampa and Brandon.