Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors

Brain and spinal cord tumors are abnormal growths of tissue found inside the skull or the spinal column. They can be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Either way, they can place pressure on tissues and impair function.

Symptoms of brain tumors include:

  • Behavioral and cognitive problems
  • Headaches
  • Motor and balance problems
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Vision or hearing problems

Spinal cord tumor symptoms include pain, sensory changes, and motor problems.

Patients with brain or spinal cord cancers are treated at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.

UTSW researchers have developed what they believe to be the first clinical application of a new imaging technique to diagnose brain tumors.

We offer comprehensive treatments for adult and pediatric brain and spinal cord cancer, including state-of-the-art targeted radiation therapy provided in our Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Unit. This frameless system delivers highly targeted radiation treatments using multiple small X-ray beams arranged in complex patterns, which are designed to eliminate cancer cells while preserving normal tissue.