Tumors in the brain are groups of abnormal cells; some are non-cancerous (benign) and others are cancerous (malignant).

There are two main groups of tumors in the brain:

  • Primary - When normal brain cells develop genetic mutations
  • Metastatic - Cancer from somewhere else in the body moves to the brain

Brain Cancer: What You Need to Know


A group of specialists that include neuro-oncologists, diagnostic radiology imaging experts, pathologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons manages brain tumors at The University of Vermont Cancer Center. Our physicians and other support staff work together as a team, providing expert care.


Our team uses the latest technology, including robotic surgery to treat tumors in the brain. You will benefit from our advanced facility that includes a nationally accredited non-invasive diagnostic laboratory, where we perform sophisticated imaging tests. Patients are often able to meet with a neurosurgeon and have an imaging study on the same day. We also offer microsurgery, laser surgery, computer-assisted surgery and image-guided therapies for removing complex tumors in the brain. Minimally invasive procedures shorten your recovery and reduce risk of complications.

Personalized Care

Any type of cancer diagnosis brings confusion and concern. Our entire medical staff is here to help you. Through all stages of your treatment - from diagnosis to surgery to rehabilitation - we provide a caring, personalized approach that puts patients at the center of everything we do.

Experienced, Trusted Expertise

As a university hospital and health system, we are able to provide the most advanced care for brain tumors. Our patients also benefit from our research and clinical trials. Our patient education programs ensure you will understand every process of your treatment and feel confident that all your health decisions are based on the latest research and experience of your brain tumor team.

Brain Tumors: What are they?

Approximately 17,000 people are diagnosed with primary brain tumors every year. They can result in major loss of brain function, injury and death. Tumors in the brain are the second fastest growing cause of cancer death among those over age 65.

The underlying cause of primary brain tumors is unknown, but several factors can increase your risk of developing them, including:

  • Age - the risk increases as you age
  • Radiation exposure - for example, radiation therapy increases risk
  • Chemical exposure - for example, chemical hazards at the workplace may be a factor
  • Family history - parent, brother or sister with tumors in the brain

The UVM Cancer Center's physicians are highly trained in caring for tumors in the brain. Our knowledgeable neurosurgeons care for about 850 patients annually and use advanced neurosurgery techniques including computer-assisted surgery, laser microsurgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. Learn more about brain tumor diagnosis and treatment at The UVM Cancer Center.

Find a doctor or specialist at The UVM Cancer Center or call 877-540-HOPE(4673).