Conditions and Treatments

The experienced team at the Clinical Neuroscience Institute (CNSI) at Premier Health provides individualized care for brain and spine tumors. Our multidisciplinary team is a leader in Southwestern Ohio in diagnosing and treating these tumors.

What Is a Brain Tumor?

A brain tumor is abnormal tissue in the brain that affects your brain’s normal activity. A tumor can cause increased pressure in your brain and damage nerves and healthy tissue. Symptoms depend on the location of your tumor. Common symptoms include:

  • Blood clots
  • Changes in behavior or thinking
  • Changes in hormone levels
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hearing or vision loss
  • Loss of touch and movement control
  • Seizures

What Is a Spine Tumor?

A spine tumor is an abnormal growth located in your spinal cord or involving nerves or membranes of the spinal cord. Your symptoms depend on the location and type of tumor but may include:

  • Cold sensations in your legs, knee, ankle, hands or fingers
  • Muscle weakness, especially in your legs
  • Pain in your middle or lower back that is not relieved by pain medication and is worse when you lie down, cough or sneeze

How Is a Brain Tumor Diagnosed?

Tests to diagnose a brain tumor include:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scans
  • X-rays

Results from these tests provide your neurologist with valuable information to recommend treatment options for your condition.

How Is a Spine Tumor Diagnosed?

A CNSI neurologist conducts a thorough examination and orders tests to determine whether you have a spine tumor and pinpoint its location. Common tests include:

  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination to measure the red and white blood cell count in your spinal fluid
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans of the spine
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the spine
  • Spine X-ray

Results of these tests provide your neurologist with valuable information to recommend treatment options for your condition.

How Are Brain and Spine Tumors Treated?

CNSI neurosurgeons, neurologists, radiation oncologists and other professionals review your specific case, combine their knowledge and recommend the treatment options best suited to your condition.

Treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Our team members help you understand each option and how it affects your life.

One highly effective tool we use is the TrueBeam stereotactic radiosurgery system. This non-invasive technology enables our specialists to target tumors with an extremely accurate beam of radiation. The TrueBeam system allows specialists to perform radiation treatments accurately, quickly and effectively.

For more information about brain and spine tumors at CNSI, and for a referral to one of our neurologists or neurosurgeons, call toll free 1 (844) 277-28941 (844) 277-2894.