Brain Cancer

Brain cancer is a disease in which cancer cells develop in the tissues of the brain. Some brain tumors are not cancerous (called benign). Brain cancer and benign tumors are treated by specialists in our Brain, Spine, and Skull Base Cancer Program.

Kirk Bengtzen, cancer survivor

When Kirk Bengtzen was diagnosed with brain cancer, his biggest concern wasn’t his prognosis. “I was more concerned about how my family was going to handle it,” he says.

Read Kirk's story.

Jim Heath, cancer survivor

In 2001, 29 year-old Jim Heath enjoyed a life of little worry and responsibility. He had moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, to spend his summer hiking and biking. His summer of fun was cut short when a massive grand mal seizure put him in the emergency room.

Read Jim's story.

Jared Swan, cancer survivor

Jared Swan was a freshman at the University of Oregon and looking forward to college life when one day his hands suddenly went numb and he started to stumble.

Read Jared's story.