Hermelin Brain Tumor Center: Our approach to care
It’s important that you understand your brain tumor diagnosis and treatment options. Many people have benign (noncancerous) brain tumors, which are very treatable. For those with malignant brain tumors, life is now more hopeful, thanks to treatment advances. Many brain cancer patients are measuring their survival in years.
At our center, every effort is made to pursue aggressive therapy while minimizing side effects, so you can achieve the highest quality of life with brain cancer. We offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach with superior access and convenience. Our program includes:
- 24-hour appointment guarantee
- A team that includes physicians, nurses, clinical coordinators and social workers (learn more about our brain tumor specialists)
- A designated patient neuro-oncology coordinator, for assistance setting up appointments, undergoing testing and receiving overall education during your care
- Coordination with your primary oncologist outside of Henry Ford, if necessary
- Personalized treatment plans, with a multidisciplinary brain tumor board to review your case
- Latest research and brain cancer clinical trials, with each patient evaluated for possible participation
- Brain Tumor Support Group meetings
Preparing for your first visit: Questions to ask your doctor
As you prepare for your first appointment, you may want to consider discussing these topics with your doctor:
- What type of brain cancer do I have?
- What grade is the cancer, and what are my treatment options?
- Do I need further tests?
- How soon should I begin treatment?
- How should I prepare for treatment?
- How may my life change after treatment?
What to expect after brain cancer treatment
Unfortunately, most gliomas come back at some point . At Henry Ford, we take a personalized approach to treating the tumor in your brain. Each person experiences different symptoms based on the location of the brain tumor, as well as its size and type. Each person also reacts differently to treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
It is important to keep in touch with your nurses and doctors if you start to act or feel differently, including if you have symptoms such as:
- Behavioral and cognitive (mental) problems, including forgetfulness
- Motor and balance problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Vision or hearing problems
- Speech difficulties