Brain Tumors

    Overview

    Brain tumors are cancerous or non-cancerous growths of abnormal cells in the brain. They may either start in the brain or spread to the brain from elsewhere in the body. Symptoms include new or increasingly strong headaches, blurred vision, loss of balance, confusion, and seizures.

    There are two main types of tumors:

    Noncancerous (benign): Slow growing tumors that do not spread to other parts of the body.

    Cancerous (malignant): Faster growing tumors that are more difficult to treat, and usually destroy the surrounding brain tissue.

    • Primary tumors originate in the brain and rarely spread throughout the body. They are named from the cells in which they originated, such as astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas and ependymomas.
    • Secondary brain tumors (or brain metastases) originate from cancer cells in another part of the body and spread to the brain.

    Our doctors

    Provider

    Devin Amin, MD

    Neurosurgeon Neurosurgery
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 3100 Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Gregory Brandt, MD

    400 N. 9th Street Springfield, IL 62702
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    Andrew Cluster, MD

    400 N. 9th Street Springfield, IL 62702
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    Jeffrey Cozzens, MD

    Neurosurgeon Neurosurgery, Cancer Care
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 3100 Springfield, IL 62702
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    Jose Espinosa, MD

    Neurosurgeon Neurosurgery
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 3100 Springfield, IL 62702
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    Katie Hartman, FNP-C

    Certified Nurse Practitioner Neurosurgery
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 3100 Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Patricia Klos, CNP-BC

    Certified Nurse Practitioner Neurosurgery
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 3100 Springfield, IL 62702

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