There are several steps involved in diagnosing and treating brain and spine tumors. Obtaining the diagnosis is the first step. Imaging studies such as CT or MRI usually provide the first view of the 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 ensure the best treatment plan, the diagnosis must be specific and certain. After a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan can be formulated. Treatment options may include surgical removal (sometimes combined with a biopsy procedure), radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy. Response to treatment is monitored closely, and the plan modified as needed.
We treat all vascular problems in the brain and spine, most commonly including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and cavernomas. We work closely with interventional neuroradiologists and radiation oncologists to deliver the best possible care for these issues, whether that care includes surgery, endovascular treatment (minimally invasive treatment that avoids an open surgery), or radiation therapy.
At Baylor Neurosurgery Associates, we strive to attain the best possible healing and recovery for every patient. Because every patient is unique, we prescribe treatment based on a thorough evaluation, which we perform utilizing technological advancements available. We believe in evaluating patients promptly and educating them on their diagnosis, so they can play an active role in the decision-making and treatment process. Our clinical experience has shown us that patients who participate in their own healthcare decisions are far more likely to achieve an optimal level of healing and recovery.
Skull base tumors present a unique set of challenges due to their deep location. We offer our patients the very latest in minimally invasive techniques, including endoscopic surgery through the nose when appropriate, to treat these tumors. We believe that skull base pathology requires a team approach to deliver the best care possible. As an integral arm of the Baylor Neuroscience Center Skull Base Center , we work in partnership with sub-specialized endocrinologists, otolaryngologists, radiation oncologists, neuro-oncologists, and others to ensure our patients receive expert care for all facets of their treatment.
Radiosurgery, defined as treatment using powerful beams of precisely focused radiation, is a crucial tool in the armamentarium against difficult tumors. We work in conjunction with radiation oncologists to develop precise plans to deliver radiation to the tumor while sparing the important structures nearby.