There are commonly several steps or phases in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. Obtaining the diagnosis is the first step. Imaging studies such as CAT scan and MRI usually provide the first view of the brain tumor. These studies give the exact location of the tumor and some general information about the tumor type. There are many different types of tumors thus to insure the best treatment plan the diagnosis must be specific and certain. The most precise means of diagnosis is surgical biopsy followed by the examination of the abnormal tissue. After an exact diagnosis is made a treatment plan can be formulated. Treatment options may include surgical excision (sometimes combined with the biopsy procedure), radiosurgery radiation, and chemotherapy. Response to treatment is monitored closely and the plan modified as needed.
The diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors requires multiple highly trained physicians working together in an institution that can provide the environment for advanced care. Baylor University Medical Center has dedicated staff and resources to this endeavor. Below is an outline of the departments providing services:
Neuro-oncology – We offer board certified neuro-oncologists to oversee ongoing treatment for brain tumors. Depending on your diagnosis, there are various treatment options available that your physician will discuss with you. The physicians work closely with the Baylor Research Institute on clinical trials that are designed to improve outcomes.
Neurosurgery - When surgery is possible, it can be the first step in treatment. A neurosurgeon will remove as much of the tumor as possible. Sometimes, a small amount of the brain tumor remains. After surgery, the remaining brain tumor may be destroyed through radiation. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas has several neurosurgeons on staff who are specially trained in operating on brain tumors.
Radiosurgery - A tumor located close to vital centers of the brain or spinal column, or embedded deep within the brain, may not be eligible for surgery because of the risk to nearby brain tissue and functions. Our physicians are credentialed to use The Baylor Radiosurgery Center that allows tumors that once were inoperable to be treated with targeted doses of radiation. Powerful beams of precisely focused radiation can effectively treat difficult tumors. Baylor Radiosurgery Center offers a full range of sophisticated radiosurgical options by combinging two innovative radiosurgical systems, the Gamma Knife® and the CyberKnife®. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas is the first medical center in Texas, and one of few in the world, to combine these technologies within a single dedicated radiosurgical suite. The radiosurgical team will work with your neuro-oncologist to evaluate your case. No incisions are made during radiosurgery, and patients usually return to their normal activities the next day. Radiosurgery, when appropriate, is a highly effective and non-invasive treatment option. Click here to learn more about radiosurgery. Rehabilitation and Support Services - Read more about Rehabilitation services available at Baylor University Medical Center
We at Baylor Neurosurgery Associates are dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive, advanced care to patients with brain tumors. Thank you for considering our practice. We are happy to provide further information or arrange a consultation.