John Muir Health has deep expertise in treating patients with primary brain or spinal tumors, as well as cancers that have metastasized (spread) to the brain or spine from others parts of the body.
A condition this complex requires a transdisciplinary approach, in which various medical experts coordinate to provide a high level of comprehensive care, making sure you and your caregivers are aware of all the treatment options and are involved in the process of getting you well again.
With Stereotactic Radiosurgery, you may be treated for a brain tumor in the morning and leave the hospital in the afternoon.
We offer some of the most advanced ways to diagnose and treat brain and spinal tumors, such as:
Stereotactic Radiosurgery – This minimally invasive surgery effectively treats certain brain and spine tumors, without harming sensitive parts of the nervous system.
Image-Guided/Computer-Assisted Surgery – This sophisticated surgical technique gives us highly detailed, 3D views of the brain and spine allowing us to operate with greater precision and less invasiveness.
Diagnostic Neuroradiology – Using imaging tools like our 64-slice CT scanner, 3T MRI Scanner, and functional MRI (fMRI), we can pinpoint neurological abnormalities and potential impacts to key brain functionality in a matter of seconds.
The transdisciplinary program includes a Nurse Navigator who provides you and your family support, information, and resources over the course of your treatment.
Working in a collaborative environment brings the best minds to bear and assures you of getting the most expert advice and best treatment available. Your managing physician has access to a multi-disciplinary cancer case conference (tumor board) where a team of medical experts review complex cases and make treatment recommendations. The expert panel consists of a neurosurgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, neuroradiologist, and pathologist.
Patients also work with a neuropsychologist, who evaluate your cognitive and functional abilities and consults with other staff members throughout your treatment. After surgery, a comprehensive Neurorehabilitation program offers both inpatient and outpatient services to help you get back on your feet again.