Brain Tumors

The St. Luke’s Center for Neuroscience is dedicated to expert care of conditions of the nervous system.
Dr. Hugh Moulding Dr. Neil Belman Dr. Nimisha Deb

Treating Brain Tumors

Drs. Hugh MouldingNeil Belman and Nimisha Deb bring the neurosurgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology specialties together to treat brain tumors.

A brain tumor is the result of irregular cell growth in the brain. The St. Luke’s Center for Neuroscience specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors.

Two Types of Brain Tumors

Primary – Brain tumors that form in the brain.

Secondary – Brain tumors that spread from cancers in other parts of the body, such as the skin, lungs, breasts and colon.

Brain tumors can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). People suffering from a brain tumor may experience the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Behavior change
  • Vomiting

The symptoms can be caused by the type, location, and size of the tumor. They also can appear as the tumor grows in size and puts pressure on the brain. 

It is not known what causes the irregular cell growth associated with brain tumors. Some may be caused by radiation treatments in the head area for other types of cancers. In rare cases, some brain tumors are the result of family history.


There are more than 100 types of brain tumors. Treatments are determined by the type, location, size and stage of the tumor:

  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery 

Other factors caregivers consider before setting a course of action are a person’s medical history and age.


There are no known ways to prevent brain tumors.