Brain and Spine Tumors
Miami Valley Hospital offers advanced diagnosis and treatment to patients with primary and metastatic brain and spine tumors, including skull base and pituitary tumors. Surgery, medicine and radiation target and remove complex tumors and help prevent their return.
Personalized Treatment and Care
Brain and spine tumors require a highly skilled team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, radiation oncologists, psychologists and other specialists working together to identify the exact type and location of the tumor and create a personalized treatment strategy. At Miami Valley Hospital, our neuroscience team collaborates to:
- Surgically remove tumor cells
- Destroy remaining tumor cells
- Prevent tumor cells from growing
Highly sophisticated tests are done on the tumor tissue from each patient to help develop an individualized treatment plan.
In our multi-disciplinary neuro-oncology clinic, all of the specialists involved in a patient’s care discuss the patient’s progress and next steps in care. Such close coordination ensures the best management plan for each patient. Patients who qualify are offered early access to promising treatments through clinical trials.
Throughout diagnosis and treatment, our goal is to address all aspects of our patients’ care — body, mind and spirit.
Diagnosing Brain and Spine Tumors
Miami Valley Hospital’s neuroscience team is experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of benign and malignant tumors. Learn more.
Experience in Skull Base Tumors
The neurosurgery team at Miami Valley Hospital is experienced in diagnosing and removing hard-to-reach skull base tumors. Fellowship training in skull base surgery and neuro-oncology prepares the neurosurgeon to remove both benign and cancerous growths in locations technically challenging to access, such as the underside of the brain, the skull base, and the top few bones of the spinal column.
Because these are such difficult areas to see and reach, skull base surgery may be done by a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure. Instruments are inserted through the natural openings in the skull — the nose or mouth. This type of surgery requires a team of surgical specialists.
Due to the type and location of the tumor, not all patients qualify for endoscopic surgery. In rare cases, the surgeon must open the skull to remove the tumor most effectively.
Experience in Pituitary Tumors
Pituitary tumors are abnormal growths that develop in the pituitary gland, located at the base of the skull. Most pituitary tumors are benign. However, because of the pituitary gland’s location at the base of the skull, many pituitary tumors will press against the optic nerve, causing vision problems. Some cause excessive production of hormones that regulate important body functions. Other pituitary tumors can restrict normal functions of the pituitary gland, causing it to produce lower levels of hormones.
The neurosurgery team at Miami Valley Hospital is experienced in diagnosing and removing pituitary tumors. Fellowship training in skull base surgery and neuro-oncology prepares the neurosurgeon to remove most pituitary tumors through the nose using minimally invasive techniques.
Treatment for Brain and Spine Tumors
Treatment for brain and spine tumors typically involves neurosurgery as the first step; however, radiation treatment, chemotherapy and biological therapy are other potential treatment options. Learn more about treatment for brain and spine tumors at MVH.
Clinical Trials for Brain and Spine Tumors
For many brain cancer patients, the best chance of survival or increased life expectancy is participating in a national clinical trial investigating new treatments. Miami Valley Hospital participates in cancer clinical trials through the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program (DCOP), giving patients access to more than 100 national clinical trials. Miami Valley Hospital is also part of the Wright State University and Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, where Miami Valley Hospital physicians work with scientists at Wright State to improve neurological care for the community. For more information about possibly participating in a clinical trial, talk with your Miami Valley Hospital neurologist or neurosurgeon. Learn More About Clinical Trials for Brain and Spine Tumors.
Support for Patients and Families
As part of Miami Valley Hospital’s personalized care, patients with cancerous brain and spine tumors often benefit from team support designed to help them live their best lives. Fidelity Health Care, social workers, cancer care coordinators, pastoral care staff, a Wellness Center, education and support groups and other helpful resources are all available to Miami Valley patients.
Learn More About Supportive Cancer Services.
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Your Neuroscience Team
Miami Valley Hospital’s (MVH) neuroscience team includes board certified, experienced neurosurgeons, neurologists, radiation and medical oncologists, neuroradiologists, hospitalists and other professionals, all collaborating to provide the best possible quality of life for people with brain and spine tumors.
Miami Valley Hospital also offers a dedicated neuro-oncology clinical nurse coordinator who works to coordinate care, clinical research, and education for adults with primary and metastatic tumors of the central and peripheral nervous system.
Preparing for Treatment of a Brain or Spine Tumor
Premier Health Library
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about brain and spine treatments and neurosciences. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for a surgery, and much more.
Content Updated: February 16, 2015
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