Brain and Nervous System


The Cancer Network of West Michigan puts advanced care within reach, even for complex brain and nervous system tumors. We are among the few programs in the region with a doctor specializing in these conditions — a neuro-oncologist. You also benefit from the expertise of cancer specialists from Trinity Health and University of Michigan Health-West.

What are Brain and Nervous System Tumors?

Brain and nervous system tumors are abnormal growths that may or may not be cancerous. Tumors in these areas can become large enough to press on sensitive tissue and affect basic nervous system functioning. This is why it’s essential to seek care from a team of specialists, such as the experts at the Cancer Network.

Brain and nervous system tumors we treat include:

  • Acoustic neuroma, noncancerous tumors that develop in the nerves that support balance and hearing
  • Glioblastoma, fast-growing cancer that can quickly invade nearby brain tissue
  • Glioma, tumors in glial cells, which cause dysfunction in the brain and spine
  • Meningioma, a common tumor that starts in the brain and spinal cord’s protective covering
  • Metastatic brain tumors, cancerous growths that start in a different area of the body and spread to the brain
  • Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes nervous system tumors
  • Spinal cord tumors, abnormal growths, which may or may not be cancerous, and can develop anywhere along the spinal cord 
  • Pituitary tumors, abnormal growths of the pituitary gland that may or may not be cancerous

Brain and Nervous System Tumor Services at the Cancer Network

You receive leading therapies from organizations that have been serving our community for decades. Mercy Health and University of Michigan Health-West have been trusted names in local cancer services since the 1980s. Working alongside University of Michigan Health Rogel Cancer Center, one of the nation’s top programs, we deliver the region’s highest level of cancer care. Read more about us.

Lindsay Robell
Radiation Oncology
Derek Bergsma

Cancer Network services are available at several locations across West Michigan. Each facility represents the full strength, compassion and expertise we have to offer. Our integrated approach makes it easier to receive care where you’re most comfortable — near home and loved ones. 

Trinity Health Lacks Cancer Center
250 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Trinity Health Johnson Family Cancer Center
1440 Sherman Blvd
Muskegon, MI 49444
University of Michigan Health-West Cancer Center
5950 Metro Way
Wyoming, MI 49519

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