At Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute, our highly skilled neuropathology team (experts in nervous system disorders) uses the most advanced techniques to get you a swift and accurate diagnosis. The correct diagnosis helps us create a comprehensive, personalized treatment strategy designed for your specific needs.
At the Cancer Institute, we get you a precise diagnosis as quickly as possible. Here’s what you can expect:
In order to diagnose brain cancer, we first ask you about your symptoms. Common symptoms include severe headaches, feeling off balance, weakness on one side of the body, or having a seizure for the first time.
After a physical exam, we use diagnostic imaging tests, including:
Even though imaging tests can detect a brain tumor, they are unable to tell us the type of cancer and its stage (how severe it is). In order to tell us that information, a surgeon must perform a biopsy to collect the cancer cells so we can examine them under a microscope.
There are two ways to do a brain biopsy:
Once we grade and diagnose the tumor, you are ready to begin treatment. You meet with your entire care team within three days of diagnosis. At the Cancer Institute, we use leading-edge practices and technology.
Our advanced treatment options include minimally invasive surgery, Optune®** device, chemotherapy (such as Temodar®***), radiation therapy (including stereotactic radiosurgery), and clinical trials. Find out more about our approach to treating brain cancer.