Providence Brain Tumor Center
Providence Brain Tumor Center
Providence Brain Tumor Center is part of the Providence Brain and Spine Institute. Our center combines world-class expertise and technology with compassionate care. We offer complete, personalized treatment plans for patients and their families. Using minimally-invasive surgical techniques and coordinated patient care, we strive for both great surgical outcomes and great patient experiences.
Our Center also offers clinical trials and research for brain tumor patients. Learn more about clinical trials at Providence Brain and Spine Institute.
Providence Brain Tumor Center focuses on patient education and quality-of-life considerations. We aim to provide patients with expert care and the best possible experience. Our multidisciplinary team also does clinical research and attends monthly tumor board meetings to review cases. This means our patients benefit from the most up-to-date knowledge and treatment options in the field.
Our diverse care team includes experienced neurologists, a neuro-oncologist, neurointerventionalists and neurosurgeons. These specialists from Providence Brain & Spine Institute work closely with Providence Cancer Institute physicians, as well as nurses and rehab specialists. And we help coordinate each step in the care process between these teams.
Our Center offers many treatment options. For small tumors that don’t cause symptoms, we can often observe them with regular imaging (MRI, CT, etc.). These tumors may also be treated with hormone medications or radiation therapy.
Our Center also proudly offers Gamma Knife Perfexion for stereotactic radiosurgery on smaller tumors. This high-dose radiation treatment focuses on tumors and reduces spread to surrounding brain tissue. Another option for smaller tumors, especially those deep in the brain, is stereotactic laser ablation. This treatment uses heat to destroy tumor tissue.
Larger tumors usually need surgery, either by endoscopy or open craniotomy. Our Center is very experienced with minimally invasive techniques, which can provide safer, more effective tumor removal. We also use a 1.5 tesla high-field strength intraoperative MRI. This machine lets our surgeons take brain images before and during surgery to improve visibility and remove tumors more accurately and completely.
Providence Brain and Spine Institute is here to help you navigate a possible brain tumor diagnosis or treatment plan with our Virtual Second Opinion service. Our expert physicians and other brain tumor specialists offer you compassion and clarity, while our care coordinator guides you through the process.
- Visual disturbances
- Numbness or weakness in one side
- Gliomas and glioblastomas
- Acoustic neuromas
- Pituitary adenomas
- Sellar tumors
- Colloid cysts
- Chordomas and chondrosarcomas
- Complex skull-base tumors
- Metastatic brain tumors
- Spinal cord tumors
- Metastatic germ cell tumors
- Neuroepithelial tumors
- Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)
- Astrocytic tumor
- Colloid cyst
- Complex skull-base tumor
- Cushing's disease
- Glioma and glioblastoma
- Metastatic brain tumor
- Metastatic germ cell tumor
- Neuroepithelial tumor
- Pituitary tumor and related conditions through Providence Center for Pituitary Disorders:
- Cushing’s disease
- Pituitary adenoma
- Rathke’s cleft cyst
- Sellar tumor
- Sinonasal carcinoma
- Spinal cord tumor
Stereotactic laser ablation is a treatment option for brain tumors. It is also called “Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy,” abbreviated LITT. LITT uses focused light from a laser to heat and destroy tumors. A specially trained neurosurgeon performs this procedure within an MRI scanner. This provides real-time imaging to guide the laser to the target tissue.
LITT may be used on smaller brain tumors, for side effects of radiation therapy, and/or on tumors that grow despite radiation and chemotherapy. It is very helpful for brain tumors that are deep inside the brain or hard to reach with open surgery. At Providence Brain & Spine Institute, we combine intraoperative CT scanning, intraoperative MRI scanning and the Medtronic Visualase™ Thermal Therapy System. These technologies help us perform the procedure safely and accurately. Our lead surgeon, Dr. Seth Oliveria, is the most experienced provider in Oregon offering this treatment for brain tumor.