Brain cancer specialists in Virginia

At Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Virginia hospitals, we provide comprehensive, compassionate care for patients diagnosed with a variety of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) brain tumors. Our expert team of oncologists, neurosurgeons and neurologists work together to provide advanced treatment options for patients with brain tumors.

For more information about cancer diagnostics, treatments and other services, call askSARAH at (804) 591-4152.

Comprehensive brain cancer care

At HCA Virginia, our experienced team works together to provide high levels of care to patients undergoing brain cancer treatment. Patients we treat have access to the following:

  • A multidisciplinary team approach to care
  • Access to clinical trials
  • Advanced treatment options
  • American Cancer Society Resource Center
  • Nurse navigation, upon request
  • Support from oncology-dedicated social workers and chaplains

Brain tumor symptoms

Unlike other forms of cancer, there are not many preventive screening options for brain tumors. Patients typically experience symptoms that lead them to visit a doctor.

Cancerous and noncancerous brain tumor symptoms depend largely on the tumor's location, its size and how fast it grows.

General warning signs of a brain tumor include:

  • Blurred or double vision or loss of vision
  • Difficulty maintaining balance
  • Headaches
  • Increased fatigue and/or sleepiness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Seizures

If the tumor is pressing on or growing into nearby brain tissue, certain functions may be affected, such as:

  • Ability to control the bladder or bowel
  • Ability to do learned movements or gestures
  • Ability to process information
  • Comprehension and/or expression of language
  • Coordination and walking
  • Memory, sensation and processing of sensory input
  • Muscle strength or sensation in one or more parts of the body
  • Personality or behavior (lacking emotion or impulsiveness)

Brain tumor diagnosis and treatment

After visiting your doctor with signs of a brain tumor, your doctor may order tests, such as imaging studies or a biopsy, to confirm your diagnosis.

The type of brain tumor you have, as well as your health, will determine which brain tumor treatment is best for you. We offer a number of treatment options through our oncology program, including:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (a painless procedure that involves no incisions)
  • Stereotactic targeted radiation therapy
  • Traditional surgery for tumor removal

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About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (804) 591-4152 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.