Comprehensive Support and Care For Patients With a Brain Tumor
For any type of brain tumor, our neurological specialists at University Hospitals provide the expert diagnosis and specialized treatments you or a loved one may need. Brain tumors include a wide range of types of tumors and can be cancerous or non-cancerous. If a tumor originates in the brain, it’s called a primary brain tumor. If a tumor travels to the brain from another location, like the lungs, it’s called a metastatic brain tumor.
Regardless of the type of tumor, our multidisciplinary team at University Hospitals leads the way in offering our patients comprehensive care with the latest surgical and non-surgical interventions to stop tumor growth and maintain brain health.
Immediate Access to Care at the First Signs of a Brain Tumor
For any suspected neurological issue, including potential brain tumors, it is important to see a neurological specialist as quickly as possible for an accurate diagnosis to begin treatment toward recovery. Brain tumor symptoms may easily be confused with less serious conditions, so you want to be sure of the diagnosis as soon as possible.
Our neurologists and neurosurgeons are integral members of UH Seidman Cancer Center for comprehensive brain tumor care. We are available to see potential patients within 24 hours to conduct a full examination. During this visit, you will meet with several specialists who are experts in their fields, including:
Once we determine if you have a brain tumor and identify the specific type, our team will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan based on our latest research and innovative technology available.
Personalized Treatment including Brain Tumor Surgery
Our nationally recognized cancer specialists offer a range of brain tumor treatment options when designing your personalized treatment plan:
- Fluorescence-guided imaging: UH and UH Seidman Cancer Center neurosurgeons have pioneered use of special fluorescent markers (such as 5-ALA) that help to precisely identify the borders of the tumor to help the surgeon remove all of the tumor while minimized risk to the brain.
- Neuroblate®: A laser thermal therapy treatment, our team offers this minimally invasive treatment for previously diagnosed untreatable brain tumors.
- Minimally invasive brain tumor surgery: Including endoscopic techniques with a small camera, our team can see detailed images of the brain.
- Gamma Knife®: With expert precision, this advanced technology targets the brain tumor with powerful gamma radiation.
- Targeted chemotherapy for brain cancer.
- Immunotherapy: Using your own immune system to protect you from diseases such as cancer, immunotherapy helps other cancer treatments work better.
- Leading-edge clinical trials
- Proton therapy: Effective for both adults and children, this targeted radiation for brain tumors allows for more powerful treatment capabilities with fewer side effects.
- Intraoperative MRI: With specialized intraoperative MRI suites, our team uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to track surgical progress in real-time.
University Hospitals has access to groundbreaking brain and nervous system specific clinical trials which offer new and emerging therapies. But rest assured that once a brain tumor treatment path is chosen, our team meets every week to share information about your specific case, discuss progress and collaborate on next steps. This lets us view your care from various clinical perspectives - which means you have the experience and expertise of an entire team working toward an optimal recovery.
Throughout the care experience, our patients have access to comprehensive UH services to help navigate the physical, emotional and financial consequences of a serious illness such as a brain tumor. Our neurology team closely partners with all of the clinical services and resources throughout the UH system to ensure we fully meet all your needs.
We Never Give Up Hope with Brain Tumor Treatment Options
Some of our patients have been told that their brain tumor is inoperable. We offer a fresh look at the diagnosis and treatment plan. In many cases, we have found ways to help patients who thought they were out of options, extending their quality of life for many years.
For more information about University Hospitals neurology, neurosurgery and oncology services at a range of convenient locations across the region, contact one of our team members.