Uncontrolled growth of cells can create a mass known as a tumor. Primary brain tumors occur inside the skull and may be either cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). Secondary brain tumors may also develop when cells from cancers located in other parts of the body (breast, lung, skin, kidney, prostate) migrate to the brain. Even benign tumors may create serious effects given the small space inside the skull and the pressure they put on normal brain tissue.

Depending on the location of the tumor in the brain and the areas receiving the most pressure, symptoms can vary widely, ranging from seizures, headaches, nausea and vomiting to problems with vision, hearing, coordination, speech, thinking, behavior and balance.

Expert Brain Tumor Care at Reston Hospital Center

Our neurosurgeons at Reston Hospital spend the majority of their time operating on tumors and treating disorders of the brain, placing them in an elite group of surgeons in the United States and among the very best in Northern Virginia. We treat malignant and benign tumors, as well as rare, unusual and skull-base lesions, cerebrovascular (blood vessels of the brain) abnormalities and nerve disorders. With extensive diagnostic testing options and treatment methods available through our comprehensive approach to treatment, you'll find everything you need right here and close to home.

Treatment options at Reston Hospital Center may include:

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