I lost my Mom to a brain tumor on Memorial Day, 2002. She chose to use a local doctor in Flint, Michigan. She did not want to travel, and she knew the oncologist who worked with her. She had good care, and even some newer treatments. But from what I hear from others who have dealt with this, if you work with a cancer treatment center, you get so much more teamwork from the various specialties. Her surgeon (who operated to remove the tumor), her oncologist (who performed radiation), and her primary doctor were in different practices. Sometimes we had to drive all over town to pick up test results to take them from one MD to another MD.
It was Mom's choice, so I respect that, but I am so glad your Mom is going to the top rated cancer center.
Here is a website that was so helpful at providing information. Sometimes it is very painful to learn the details, but this site has information to help you understand what the doctors are saying. It is called the American Brain Tumor Association.http://hope.abta.org/site/PageServer
And along with all the facts, they provide a lot of helpful info. Here's a link to a chapter called comfort and coping:http://www.abta.org/pdf/ABTA%20Primer-Chapter%208.pdf
I pray that your Mom will recover from her brain tumor. Although my Mom was not so lucky, I did attend high school with a guy who had a brain tumor. We are in our 40's now, and last I heard he was doing just fine. Feel free to pm me. Let your Mom know that she is in my prayers.