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You are being treated for a brain tumor. During this time, you will have a healthcare team. The members of this team will work with you. They will help guide you through your treatment choices. They will address your questions and concerns. And they will give you support. Below is a list of who may be on your healthcare team. Below you will also find a list of words. These are words you will hear during the course of your care.
Medical oncologist. A doctor who diagnoses cancer and treats it with chemotherapy.
Neurologist. A doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases of the nervous system.
Neuro-oncologist. A doctor who treats tumors of the nervous system.
Neurosurgeon. A surgeon who operates on the brain and other parts of the nervous system.
Nurse. A person who provides patient care, teaching, and support.
Nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist. A nurse with special training. The nurse may help the doctor manage a patient’s symptoms. He or she may adjust medications and give medical exams.
Physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Specialists who help patients with strength and motor skills. They help patients relearn daily tasks, including language and swallowing skills.
Radiation oncologist. A doctor who uses radiation to treat cancer.
Benign: Slow-growing, not cancerous
Intracranial pressure (ICP): Pressure within the brain
Malignant: Growing quickly, cancerous
Necrosis: Dead tissue
Nervous system: The brain and spinal cord, and the nerves branching from them
Pathology: The study of changes in the cells and organs of the body that cause or are a result of disease
Primary: Refers to the original tumor as opposed to one that spread from somewhere else in the body
Stereotactic: A method of locating specific sites in the brain using computer software, a headframe, and imaging tests
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