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.
We offer a free, virtual brain tumor support group for patients, caregivers and friends. Email us to join.
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.
- Visual disturbances
- Numbness or weakness in one side
- Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)
- Astrocytic tumor
- Colloid cyst
- Complex skull-base tumor
- 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
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 medications or radiation therapy. Larger tumors usually need surgery, either by endoscopy or open craniotomy.
Our team combines intraoperative CT scanning, intraoperative MRI scanning and the Medtronic Visualase™ Thermal Therapy System. These technologies help us perform the procedure safely and accurately.
- Endoscopic approaches
- Open Craniotomy - Our Center is very experienced with minimally invasive techniques, which can provide safer, more effective tumor removal.
- Gamma Knife Perfexion for stereotactic radiosurgery – Used on smaller tumors, this high-dose radiation treatment focuses on tumors and reduces spread to surrounding brain tissue.
- Stereotactic laser ablation (1.5 tesla high-field strength intraoperative MRI) – Also called Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT), this treatment is another option for smaller tumors, especially those deep in the brain. 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 also be used on smaller brain tumors, for side effects of radiation therapy, and/or on tumors that grow despite radiation and chemotherapy.
- Brain Biopsy
- Radiation therapy
- Clinical trials
- Targeted molecular profiling that can give your doctor clues on which treatment your tumor might best respond to.
Receive a second opinion without leaving home
If you are faced with a complex diagnosis or treatment plan, you may want to seek a second opinion. Providence Brain and Spine Institute can help with information, guidance and support that allows you to make informed decisions about your care – all from the comfort of your home.