At the Brain Tumor Center at Levine Cancer Institute, we are dedicated to the care of patients with primary brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors, and other neurological complications of cancer.
The physicians of the Brain Tumor Center work closely together to provide exceptional care for patients with brain tumors. We offer a wide spectrum of advanced techniques for diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer.
Our comprehensive program combines all of the components critical to managing patients with brain tumors: comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, leading edge treatment options, thorough follow-up and psychosocial support. Patients are welcome whether they are newly diagnosed or have already received extensive treatment.
Members of the Brain Cancer Team
The members of our Brain Cancer Center work together to provide the most advanced treatment for our patients. These members include:
- Neuroradiologists: Our neuroradiologists ensure that imaging studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging or positron emission tomography scans are performed with the latest imaging technologies. and quality. They also interpret studies of the brain and nervous system.
- Neurosurgeons: Our neurosurgeons have specialized training in operating on brain tumors. They use microsurgical techniques, intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, and image-guided stereotactic techniques. This allows them to preserve normal brain tissue and function while addressing the tumor.
- Neuropathologists: Our neuropathologists are specially-trained in examining brain tissue. They study the brain tumor once it has been removed and render an expert diagnosis. In order to properly plan for treatment, it is essential to have this proper diagnosis.
- Radiation Oncologists: Our radiation oncologists are also skilled in treating patients with brain tumors. They employ state-of-the-art conformal radiotherapy to minimize damage to healthy brain tissue. Stereotactic radiosurgery (also referred to as “gamma knife”) can be used for some brain cancers in our center.
- Medical Neuro-oncologist: We are one of the few cancer centers in the country to have a medical neuro-oncologist on staff to provide chemotherapy recommendations and medical management for our brain tumor patients. In addition to caring for patients, she also conducts clinical trials and research projects to help advance our knowledge of this disease. By participating in clinical research, our patients are able to receive novel therapies.
- Support Team: In addition to the physicians on our team, we also have nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, research coordinators, and psychologists to help our patients every step of the way along this difficult journey.
Brain Cancer Clinical Trials
In addition to state-of-the-art treatment options, our physicians also conduct clinical trials. Our participation in research trials allows for a better understanding of the mechanisms that lead to brain cancer and helps us translate this knowledge into new treatment strategies.
Brain Cancers: Focus on the Patient
Neuro-oncology surgeons, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, medical oncologists, neurologists, neuropathologists and others meet weekly at a tumor board conference to arrive at the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual.
Because of the center's research and teaching mission, its practitioners are well-acquainted with the most advanced treatment methods. We use this approach to individualize each patient’s treatment plan.
Patients benefit from this knowledge and from specialized resources, such as a dedicated neurological intensive care unit. Physicians from our Brain Tumor Center maintain close working relationships with practitioners throughout the community, offering a seamless transition of care.
Focus on the Caregiver
At the Institute, we understand that cancer affects more than just our patients. We make communication with patients and caregivers a top priority. We believe that treating the whole person, not just the disease, is best for patients and family members.
We offer a broad range of emotional support programs designed to help patients and family members cope with the range of issues related to life during and after cancer treatment.
For more information on our Brain Tumor Program, call 980-442-2000 or 800-804-9376.