Brain Oncology Treatment Options
A personalized approach to each patient’s treatment
The unexpected diagnosis of a tumor of the central nervous system can be extremely confusing and frightening. In America, 45,000 individuals are diagnosed with primary brain tumors each year, while 170,000 individuals are diagnosed with metastatic brain tumors. This type of diagnosis often raises questions for both the patient and their loved ones about what lies ahead.
Hackensack Meridian Health is committed to being a leader in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders or illnesses. Our multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive, multifaceted care for individuals suffering from brain tumors and the neurological complications of cancer.
Did You Know?
Hackensack Meridian Health ranks among the top 10 in clinical trials for primary brain tumors in the country.
Our neuro-oncology team provides advanced care for patients with a robust range of central nervous system tumors, including:
- Acoustic Neuromas
- Vestibular Schwannomas
- Anaplastic Astrocytomas
- Low Grade Astrocytomas
- Cavernous Angiomas
- Colloid Cysts
- Ependymomas & Subependymomas
- Metastatic Brain Tumors
- Low Grade Oligodendrogliomas
- Pituitary Tumors
- Spinal Cord Tumors
- Venticular Tumors
- Glioblastoma (GBM)
- Carcinomatous Meningitis
- Cerebellar Astrocytomas
- CNS Lymphoma
- Optic Nerve Gliomas
- Pineal Region Tumors
- Skull Based Tumors
- Tumors of Neurofibromatosis
We give you hope
Hackensack Meridian Health offers a robust network of neuro-oncology studies. Our physicians and specialists are committed to working together to develop a personalized approach to each patient’s treatment.
Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly.
Depending on your type of cancer and how advanced it is, chemotherapy can:
- Cure cancer – when chemotherapy destroys cancer cells and they will not grow back.
- Control cancer – when chemotherapy keeps cancer from spreading, slows its growth, or destroys cancer cells that have spread to other parts of your body.
- Ease symptoms – when chemotherapy shrinks tumors that are causing pain or discomfort.
Sometimes, chemotherapy is used as the only cancer treatment. But more often, chemotherapy is combined with surgery or radiation therapy.
When used alongside surgery or radiation therapy, chemotherapy can:
- Make a tumor smaller before surgery or radiation therapy
- Destroy cancer cells that may remain after surgery or radiation therapy
- Improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy and biological therapy
- Destroy cancer cells that reoccur or spread to other parts of your body (metastatic cancer)
If the brain tumor is accessible for surgery, your surgeon will work to remove as much of the tumor as possible. In most cases, even removing a small portion of the brain tumor may help reduce symptoms.
In some cases, tumors are small and simple to separate from surrounding tissue, which makes complete tumor removal possible. In other cases, tumors can’t be separated from surrounding tissue or they’re located near areas in the brain which can make surgery precarious. In most of these instances, the surgeon will remove as much as they can.
TrueBeam ™ Linear Accelerator
TrueBeam™ is an advanced image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) system used to treat cancer with speed and accuracy while avoiding healthy tissues and organs. The system provides real-time imaging, which allows the physician to direct doses of radiation with greater accuracy. At the same time, TrueBeam’s respiratory gating technology gives the physician the ability to synchronize radiation beams with your breathing. The respiratory gating also protects any nearby organs and healthy tissues from unnecessary radiation.
A painless, noninvasive robotic radiosurgery system used for treating benign and malignant tumors. CyberKnife is able to target difficult to reach or inoperable tumors, without an incision or use of a scalpel.
Our radiation oncology team includes an ensemble of distinguished radiation oncologists who have trained at the most highly respected and well-known cancer centers in the world. Because of this, patients in New Jersey can feel confident that they will receive the best treatments available without the stress of traveling long distances to major metropolitan areas.
- Four-Dimensional Computed Tomography (4DCT)
- High Dose Radiation Therapy (HDR)
- State-of-the-art Linear Accelerators withIntensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Unparalleled Experience with CyberKnife®