Utmost accuracy is essential when looking to detect, diagnose and treat cancers of the brain and other parts of the nervous system. ProHealth Care’s  experts in cancer and neuroscience, including neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists, use the latest tools available to achieve as much detail as possible.

 

Diagnosis

CT:  Computed tomography imaging enables physicians to obtain cross-sectional images of the brain with a great deal of speed and precision. It can display a combination of soft tissue, bones and blood vessels in a single image.

EEG:  Electrodes and their impulses are used for the analysis of known seizures or diagnosis of suspected seizures. It stands for electroencephalogram.

MRI:  Magnetic resonance imaging uses a combination of a large magnet, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images.

MRS: Magnetic resonance spectroscopy analyzes, by means of a computer, the chemical composition of normal and abnormal areas of the brain found on a standard MRI.

Perfusion imaging:  This type of magnetic resonance imaging injects contrasting dye to evaluate the flow of blood through vessels in normal and abnormal areas of the brain. It provides important information about the aggressiveness of tumors. It also helps to monitor how a tumor is responding to treatment.

PET scan:  This type of nuclear medicine scan measures metabolic activity in the brain. PET stands for positron emission tomography.

Surgery:  Used for both diagnosing tumor type and removing as much tumor as possible, surgery using stealth computer navigation integrates CT and MRI imaging to accurately guide the neurosurgeon during complex cranial and spinal procedures.

 

Treatment

Multidisciplinary care:  A team of ProHealth Care professionals from a range of disciplines work together to provide individualized cancer care. This approach includes the involvement of physicians from surgery, radiology, pathology, radiation and medical oncology, as well as other health care professionals such as oncology nurses, social workers, research staff and dietitians. Patient cases are presented at a biweekly multidisciplinary neuro-oncology conference.

Radiation:  Various types of radiation-related procedures are used. They include:

  • CyberKnife® 
    CyberKnife® is a very precise form of radiation treatment that uses a computer-controlled robotic arm to aim highly concentrated beams of radiation with pinpoint accuracy to tumors. This precisely directed radiation attacks tumor cells while minimizing injury to healthy tissues that surrounds the tumor. This treatment does not require an incision and does not require a hospital stay. The CyberKnife® treatment  usually is completed in one to five sessions
  • External beam radiation
    Conventional and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) uses a computer to aim radiation at the tumor from outside of the body, thereby killing cancer cells over time. Radiation is administered based on tumor size, shape and location. The intensity of the beams can be adjusted as needed to match the exact geometric shape of the tumor, minimizing damage to surrounding tissue. Generally, five treatments are required per week for a period of several weeks. The treatments cause no pain and only last a few minutes each.

Chemotherapy:  This is the name for a group of drugs that destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells.  Chemotherapy can be given as a pill or into a vein or central catheter.  Chemotherapy generally is administered after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells.  It also is used as a radiosensitizer that makes radiation treatments more effective.  Chemotherapy can be used with or without surgery or radiation therapy if the cancer recurs.

Surgery:  Used for both diagnosing tumor type and removing as much tumor as possible, surgery using stealth computer navigation integrates CT and MRI imaging to accurately guide the neurosurgeon during complex cranial and spinal procedures.

Clinical trials: The ProHealth Care team may recommend participation in research studies that offer access to the most advanced, clinically approved treatments available.

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