Winning Against Brain Cancer
With more than 300 newly diagnosed patients a year, Hoag has
the largest brain tumor program in Orange
County, and one of the largest brain
cancer programs in the United
The patient population with brain cancers includes those
with primary gliomas (including malignant astrocytomas and glioblastomas) as
well as cancers metastatic to the brain from various sites including lung,
melanoma, and breast, as well as others.
With a multidisciplinary approach that includes prevention,
early detection, the use of standard effective therapies, promising new
therapies, participation in laboratory and clinical research, an
internationally renowned gamma knife program and extensive complementary care,
the team at Hoag Family Cancer Institute provides patients with malignant brain
tumors with every diagnostic and therapeutic advantage.
It is estimated that up to 10 percent of all brain tumors, both malignant and benign, occur because of an inherited susceptibility. In contrast to other hereditary cancer conditions, those involving brain tumors/ brain cancer almost always involve more than a single tumor diagnosis. Conditions involving hereditary brain tumors include: Li Fraumeni syndrome, Lynch syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis, neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2, Cowden syndrome, von Hippel-Lindau and tuberous sclerosis.
Diagnosis of a hereditary cancer syndrome requires a careful review of the patient’s personal and family history. Hoag Cancer Center’s Hereditary Cancer Program offers genetic counseling and genetic testing for hereditary cancer. Learn more about Hoag’s Hereditary Cancer Program.