The Brain and Spine Center has skilled neurosurgeons, oncologists, and other physicians on the medical staff who specialize in addressing brain and spinal tumors of all sizes, shapes and locations.
For surgical removal of tumors, the Center features an advanced operating room equipped with real-time imaging capabilities, a navigation system that allows for precise tracking of surgical instruments throughout a procedure and enhanced surgical microscopes.
In addition to surgical removal of tumors – often using minimally-invasive techniques – the Center works in conjunction with specialists on the medical staff to provide chemotherapy and radiation therapy to patients as appropriate. It also provides a host of other support services for patients with brain or spine cancer.
Neurological Tumors Treated
The advanced capabilities of the Brain and Spine Center can help address all different types of tumors, including (but not limited to):
- Acoustic neuroma – slow-growing but noncancerous tumor on the nerve connecting the ear to the brain
- Glioma – non-cancerous brain tumor that often leads to seizures
- Glioblastoma multiforme – an aggressive form of brain cancer that can cause brain swelling, headaches, vision changes and changes in personality
- Meningioma – a tumor that arises from the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (usually non-cancerous)
- Brain metastases – tumors/cancers that start somewhere else in the body (e.g., lungs, liver, stomach) but spread and implant in the brain
- Spine tumors – can be cancerous or non-cancerous and are divided into three types based on location: intradural-extramedullary, intramedullary or extradural
The care team at the Baylor Scott & White – Plano Brain and Spine Center have treated thousands of patients with brain and spine tumors.