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Radiation Oncologist, Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Center
     2,000 residents will be diagnosed with cancer this year. During Brain Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Jennifer Webb, radiation oncologist at Bronson Cancer Center, is sharing statistics and warn- ing signs for brain cancer, as well as explaining the advanced technology Bronson has to treat brain tumors.
If radiation is part of the treatment plan, patients at the Bronson Cancer Center in Battle Creek have access to the new Linear Accelerator and Hyper- Arc. This state-of-the-art-technology is incredibly precise at directly targeting tumors, while avoiding surrounding tis- sue. The two pieces of technology work together, sending extremely high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells or shrink tumors.
What is brain cancer?
• Seizures
• Nausea and vomiting
• Drowsiness and memory problems • Impaired coordination, or difficulty
Brain cancer occurs when cancerous cells form a tumor in the brain or on the spinal cord. Many different types of tumors can start on the brain and spinal cord – the good news is not all are can- cerous.
• Difficulty in routine activities, like
Unfortunately, there is still a lot sci- ence does not know about brain tumors, including common risk factors that can lead to tumor development. In most cases, they are caused by a genetic mu- tation – either inherited through DNA, or through a DNA change caused by an outside factor.
reading or talking
• Noticeable changes in taste
be completed in half the time it would have taken on the previous radiation equipment.
Did you know that one in three Americans are di- agnosed with some form of cancer during their life- time? In Calhoun County alone, approximately
If a brain tumor is detected, an oncol- ogist may suggest a combination of chemotherapy, surgery, and/or radiation treatment.
Brain Cancer: What You Need to Know
• Headaches that do not go away with over the counter medication
The HyperArc, in particular, is incredibly sophisticated in the treat- ment of brain tumors, brain metastases (mets), and tumors at the base of the skull. It allows for quicker treatment times and improved tumor targeting. For the patients receiving treatment, this means:
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and smell
You know your body best. If you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms for an extended period of time, you should talk with your primary care provider. They can perform proper tests, and refer you to a neuro specialist, if needed.
• Enhanced 3-D imaging allows for tumor targeting to take 60 percent less time and use 25 percent less of a radiation dose, when compared to previous imaging technology.
 Bronson Cancer Center
If you are diagnosed with cancer, Bronson Cancer Center offers a comprehensive approach to care that surrounds you with the expertise, technology, re- sources, and positivity that you and your family need for your cancer journey.
Bronson Cancer Center – Battle Creek is accredited by: • TheCommissiononCancer
(CoC) of the American College
of Surgeons (ACoS) since 1995 • TheJointCommissionwithits
Gold Seal of Approval
Learn more at bronsonhealth. com/cancer.
 What are the signs of a brain tumor?
Precise diagnosis, tumor targeting
Like many other types of can-
cer, brain tumors can cause different symptoms in different people. Some of the most common symptoms of brain cancer are:
Doctors detect brain tumors through a series of neurological exams, with a biopsy, and/or through diagnostic tests like MRIs, CT scans, PET scans, EEGs.
In addition to Brain Cancer Awareness Month, May is also Oncology Nursing Month. Nurs- es play an important
role in cancer care. Visit and search “cancer” to find out why nurses like Hannah love caring for patients with cancer.

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