Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor, you want the best care from a team that offers the latest therapies and offers clinical trials of promising new treatments. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital provides comprehensive care to people with primary and metastatic brain tumors (cancer that spreads to the brain from other parts of the body). We treat tumors such as meningioma, glioblastoma, astrocytoma, low-grade glioma, ependymoma, vestibular schwannoma, and pituitary tumors. Our neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, neuro-radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and neuropathologists work together to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient, often combining approaches to achieve the best results.
Advanced Brain Tumor Surgery
Our neurosurgeons have exceptional experience removing brain tumors, always working to remove tumor tissue while leaving as much healthy tissue and function as possible. They use computer-guided minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever appropriate. Our team includes experts in skull base surgery using endoscopes passed through the nostrils to remove pituitary tumors, chordomas, and other skull base tumors—leaving no external incisions. Neuropathologists are available during surgeries to provide a preliminary diagnosis using intraoperative microscopy.
The Safest Brain Surgery
The team employs a computer-guided “GPS” navigational system, as well as intraoperative neurophysiological mapping to guide our surgeons as they operate, enhancing safety and allowing for more complete tumor removal. They use advanced techniques such as stereotaxis, intraoperative CT scanning, neuroendoscopy, and awake brain mapping to pinpoint the tumor's location in the brain and its proximity to surrounding normal brain structures. We also continuously monitor the electrical activity of the brain and spinal cord during surgery to reduce the risk of harming vital functions such as movement and sensation
Radiation Therapy with Extraordinary Precision
Our radiation oncologists use highly precise, targeted radiation therapy to zero in on a brain tumor while sparing as much nearby healthy tissue as possible.
- Stereotactic radiosurgery for inoperable brain tumors. We offer stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy, which allow for the delivery of high-dose pencil-thin radiation beams to tumors. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital was one of the first in the New York area to offer this treatment, which is sometimes called "brain surgery without a knife." It may be an option for patients with tumors that are considered inoperable using conventional neurosurgery. Neurosurgeons work together with radiation oncologists to plan the procedures, which are usually performed in a single session (stereotactic radiosurgery) or a series of sessions (stereotactic radiotherapy) on an outpatient basis.
- Image-guided radiation therapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy. These precisely focused treatments match radiation beams to the shape of a tumor to target it in a highly effective way.
- External beam radiation therapy. This treatment is delivered using the latest linear accelerator models.
- Brachytherapy. This approach involves the implantation of cancer-killing radioactive substances directly into tumor tissue.
Chemotherapy For Brain Tumors
Our neuro-oncologists may prescribe chemotherapyfor some brain cancers. We give intravenous chemotherapies in our modern, supportive infusion center, where oncology nurses can monitor your side effects and address your comfort. Other chemotherapy drugs for brain cancer are taken orally (by mouth), so you can take them at home.
Brain Tumor Clinical Trials
We are leading and participating in clinical trials of new therapies and developing innovative ways to deliver anticancer drugs to brain cancers more directly and effectively. Our researchers are assessing other investigational therapies, such as targeted therapies and treatments which harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer (immunotherapy).
Supportive Care to Address Your Needs
We understand the burden that a brain tumor can place on your life and the lives of your loved ones, and we do whatever we can to lessen that burden.Your team includes nutritionists, palliative care specialists, and psychosocial support professionals. We help relieve your symptoms, assist you with practical matters such as financial issues, and offer support for you and your caregivers during your treatment. Every person on your care team is focused on your comfort and well-being.