The Brain Tumor Program provides comprehensive medical care for adult and pediatric patients with primary benign tumors, malignant tumors or brain metastasis from another part of the body. The Brain Tumor Program offers some of the latest technical advancements in the treatment of brain tumors. The program also provides extensive support services for patients and their families.
By working closely with the patient's referring physician, a multidisciplinary team of specialists evaluate each case to determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Patients receive care based on input from professionals in the fields of:
- Medical social work
- Physical and rehabilitative medicine
- Radiation therapy
Patient and Family Support
Nurse clinicians, social workers, psychologists and clergy are available to provide guidance and counseling for patients and their families. The Brain Tumor Program also hosts a support group as a forum patients and family members to share support and experiences with the guidance of a medical social worker and clinical specialist.
- Patients - Education is a vital aspect of patient care. Patients who understand disease processes and treatment options have a greater sense of control over their condition.
- Community - Residents of the region are kept informed of the latest advancements available in brain tumor care.
- Healthcare Professionals - Through program-sponsored newsletters and seminars, the provider community has easy access to all the latest information on brain tumor research and treatment options.
Carolinas Medical Center is the only hospital in the region to offer stereotactic radiosurgery and the most advanced approach available today: Novalis® Shaped Beam Surgery.
This innovative technology allows for the effective treatment of lesions and abnormal tissue previously considered inoperable. Precise mapping of the area with CT scans, angiography, MRI and three-dimensional computer modeling, allows the abnormal tissues to be treated with finely defined radiation beams. Treatment is administered by a multidisciplinary team, including specialists in the following fields:
- Radiation oncology
- Radiation physics
Brain Tumor Program surgeons employ a variety of advanced technologies to insure safe, minimally invasive and more complete tumor removal, including:
- Framed-based and frameless stereotactic techniques (Stealth Technologies)
- Intraoperative electrocorticography (brain mapping)
- Endoscopic neurosurgery
- Protocols for chemotherapy and immunotoxin therapy.