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We provide comprehensive oncology care in the diagnosis and treatment of primary and metastatic brain and spine tumors.

find a doctorview our locationsOur neuro-oncology program works with the most advanced technology available, but it is our many neurology, neurosurgery and oncology specialists, bringing together their collaborative expertise for each patient, that sets OhioHealth apart in providing exceptional neuro-oncology care.

Our Neuro-Oncology Expertise

Our depth of expertise in the neuro-oncology sub-specialty combined with our exceptionally high volumes brings an invaluable wealth of experience and knowledge to each patient we treat.

Our collaborative approach often begins with our Multidisciplinary Tumor Board. Here physicians from five specialties - neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuropathology and neuroradiology - meet to discuss individual brain and spine tumor cases and collectively determine the best course of diagnosis and treatment.

Our team of physicians is specially trained in the best cancer programs in the country to recognize, differentiate and manage the many complexities inherent in treating primary and metastatic brain and spine tumors. This includes managing neurologic complications that can arise from these conditions.

Surgical expertise: OhioHealth is a central Ohio neuro-oncology leader in the surgical treatment of patients with benign or malignant brain and spine tumors. Our priority is to preserve neural function and improve quality of life to every extent possible. When a tumor is malignant, our neurologists and neurosurgeons collaborate with OhioHealth radiation oncologists and medical oncologists to determine the best and most appropriate care for each patient.

With the collaboration between OhioHealth and MD Anderson Cancer Network® means that our patients will have access to nationally recognized cancer care protocols and best practices, allowing OhioHealth cancer specialists certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network to develop treatment recommendations for our patients to improve the likelihood of positive outcomes. This relationship helps OhioHealth elevate its already high-quality clinical care while keeping care local.

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OhioHealth and MD Anderson

A Collaborative Approach to Neuro-Oncology

We have many nationally recognized specialists whose expertise contributes to the collaborative care of our neuro-oncology patients including:

  • Neuro-oncologist
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Vascular specialists
  • Peripheral nerve specialists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Neuropathologists
  • Neuropsychologists

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Brain and Spine Tumor Diagnosis

We hope our patients take comfort in knowing OhioHealth neurologists and neuro-surgeons are leaders in central Ohio. They are recognized nationally when it comes to experience with diagnosing and treating brain and spine tumors.

When patients enter OhioHealth neuro-oncology, we take the time to fully explain the scope and pathology of their disease, as well as provide a roadmap for the multidisciplinary care they'll receive from our specialists.

From the beginning, patients are introduced to our dedicated patient navigator who provides personalized assistance to help them and their families navigate appointments, as well as cope with the many tasks, decisions and emotions that come with diagnosis and treatment of brain and spine tumors.

We work closely with the family and loved ones of our patients, recognizing those who see the patient on a daily basis are our best source of information for small changes that might indicate neurologic deficits.

Managing neurologic deficits is a critical component of successful treatment for brain and spine tumors, so patients can live their lives as fully as possible. It's part of our treatment and care - addressing the whole patient, and helping our patients maintain their quality of life.

An OhioHealth First: Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Brain Tumors

OhioHealth was the first healthcare system in central Ohio to use the TomoTherapy® System and Trilogy Sterotactic System in the treatment of cancerous brain tumors

The TomoTherapy® System technology enables physicians to precisely target brain tumors, while reducing radiation exposure to surrounding normal tissue.

The Trilogy Stereotactic System combines brain tumor imaging and treatment technologies, enabling the physician to deliver the widest range of external beam radiotherapies. External beam radiotherapies include:

  • 3-D conformal radiotherapy
  • IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy
  • Awake Craniotomy

OhioHealth is advancing the treatment of brain tumors and lesions located in or very close to parts of the brain that control important functions with awake craniotomy. The awake craniotomy procedure, which requires the presence of a neurologist and uses leading-edge brain mapping technology called Functional MRI (fMRI) allows neurosurgeons to more completely resect a tumor by identifying responses or loss of neurologic function while the patient is awake.

Our Surgical Expertise in Spinal Tumors

OhioHealth neuro-oncology excels in surgical treatment of cancerous tumors that arise in or invade the spinal column, spinal cord or peripheral nerves.

Surgery may figure into a treatment plan to remove the tumor, reduce pain, re-stabilize the spine and/or improve quality of life by managing or preventing neurologic deficits.

Spinal procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Surgical treatment of benign and malignant spine tumors
  • Spinal stabilization for metastatic spine tumors to preserve neural function and improve quality of life
  • Minimally invasive procedures, such as retropleural thoracotomy, kyphoplasty and verteroplasty, to treat pain associated with pathologically collapsed vertebrae
  • Multilevel anterior and/or posterior spinal tumor resection with spinal reconstruction

Brain Tumor Walk

Walking to Fight Brain Tumors

The numbers are staggering -- nearly 7 hundred thousand people are living with a brain tumor -- and each day, 500 more people are diagnosed in the US. In this story from NBC 4, see why a Central Ohio family is making it their mission to bring brain cancer into the spotlight.

OhioHealth and MD Anderson Cancer Network®

As a certified member in MD Anderson Cancer Network®, we are connecting our patients to the expertise of one of the nation’s leading cancer centers.

This allows your care team to have access to nationally recognized best practices and protocols established by MD Anderson and adopted by OhioHealth. You also get the added confidence of knowing that OhioHealth doctors can consult directly with MD Anderson experts on your case, if the case requires.

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Neuro-Oncology Treatment Information for Physicians

Physicians may want to consider referring patients to OhioHealth Neuro-Oncology for the following reasons.

Referral to our brain tumor specialists:

  • Patient is presenting with neurologic symptoms and a brain tumor is found on the MRI.
  • Patient with cancer not of the brain or spine develops neurologic symptoms and metastatic brain disease is found on the MRI.

Referral to our spine tumor specialists:

  • Patient is diagnosed with a primary or metastatic spine tumor, whether it's involving the nervous system or the bones.
  • Patient is diagnosed with cancer progression in the spine that may create neurologic deterioration and associated medical problems.

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