Brain Cancer

Our experts perform lifesaving brain cancer treatments.

Our neuro-oncology team can diagnose and treat brain and skull-based tumors. Our stereotactic radiosurgery team includes physicians, nurses, radiation therapists and physicists who use their expertise to provide highly targeted radiation therapies to treat patients with brain cancer. Comprehensive, national guidelines-driven care plans are developed in our Neuro-Oncology clinic and shared with the patient and all involved physicians.


Diagnostic Technology

After a specialist injects dye, an X-ray is performed showing the brain’s arteries and veins.

Core needle biopsy
A specialist obtains a “core” tissue sample for analysis. This larger sample can be made into smaller samples for further analysis. Needle biopsies are typically done using local anesthesia.

Computerized tomography (CT)
Certified technologists use computer-processed X-rays to generate a scan of your body in “slices” for image accuracy.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
A combination of a magnetic field and radio waves creates three-dimensional images of your body to determine if disease or physical anomalies are present.

Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
A small amount of a radioactive substance, known to be absorbed more into cancer cells than normal cells, is injected into a vein. A scanner then “finds” the cells that stand out.


Treatment Options

Medical Therapies

Specially trained nurses (RNs) deliver intravenous drug therapy through infusion in a series of treatments.

Radiation Therapies

External beam radiation
High-powered radiation targets the area where the tumor resides. Treatments occur over a period of time and at intervals that are right for the cancer type and stage.

Stereotactic radiosurgery
A team of radiation oncologists, medical physicists and radiation therapists deliver precisely targeted radiation therapy in high doses, in just one or a limited number of treatments.

Surgical innovations

Skull-based tumor surgery
Surgeons use minimally invasive approaches to remove tumors such as meningiomas, chordomas, gliomas and others.

Using image guidance, surgeons remove part of the bone from the skull to expose the brain to remove cancerous tissue.

Endonasal endoscopic surgery
With a minimally invasive approach, surgeons remove tumors and lesions directly through the nose and sinuses.

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