Primary brain cancers originate in or next to the brain. Secondary brain cancers result from cancers that begin in another part of the body and spread to the brain. Brain cancers are described by the types of cells in the tumor. Each grows differently and requires its own particular treatment.
Because the rigid skull offers no space for tumors to expand, brain tumors—whether malignant or benign—often press on normal tissues or the spine and affect areas of the brain that control movement, speech, sight or other key functions. Symptoms often include unusual headaches or trouble seeing, but these symptoms can vary and may not become apparent until the tumor has grown large enough to create unexplained changes in behavior or health, such as fainting, a seizure or other atypical signs.
Your Best Choice for Brain Cancer Care in the Seacoast
At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, you can expect to receive exceptional care to manage your brain cancer diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Our multispecialty approach means you'll work with a team of diverse medical professionals who know the most about your specific situation and collaborate to develop a plan to meet your unique needs.
Treatment Options for Brain Cancer
Take advantage of our full range of services to treat brain cancer and neurological conditions, including:
- Cancer surgery and minimally invasive neurosurgery incorporating the Brainlab® image-guidance platform—advanced technology you'll find only at Portsmouth Regional Hospital—to precisely target brain tumors and spare surrounding healthy tissue
- Chemotherapy, biotherapy and infusion (medical oncology) resources in our welcoming, comfortable Infusion Center
We also put you in touch with a wide spectrum of radiation therapies delivered by the best specialists in the region—with recommendations, follow-up and monitoring provided by our own cancer care team members close to home.
Head, Neck and Neurologic Cancers
Cancers of other structures and organs in the head, neck and nervous system may be treated in multiple ways, including our minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques.
Explore the Cancer Center in our online Health Library.
Rehabilitation & Recovery
Support your recovery and regain function during and after cancer treatment by taking advantage of the extensive outpatient rehabilitation services available to you through Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Your overall recuperation, return to daily activities and outlook on life can also benefit from our services for palliative care, pain management, behavioral health and integrative care.