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 States.
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.