Brain & Spine Cancers
When you discover cancer in your central nervous system, turn to Cone Health for sophisticated treatment close to home. Whether you’re diagnosed with a primary tumor—a growth that started in the brain or spinal cord—or you’re battling cancer that’s spread (metastasized) from another part of the body, you’ll find a team dedicated to your care and well-being.
Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors We Treat
Look to Cone Health for care of brain and spinal cord tumors that affect adults, including:
In addition to tumor treatments, we also treat these benign processes:
Dedicated, Multidisciplinary Team
Receive coordinated care from a multidisciplinary team that includes neurosurgery and neuroradiology specialists. Your team meets regularly to review your health and develop a customized treatment plan. Count on us to answer your questions, be open and honest about your prognosis, and partner with you to set goals for your care.
Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
Access advanced diagnostic imaging at Cone Health, including 3.0 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and image fusion, which combines multiple imaging technologies. These extremely detailed images help your care team identify even small sites of cancer so you can get targeted treatment.
Brain & Spinal Cord Tumor Care
Partner with your Cone Health team to create a care plan that offers the best chance of curing or controlling your specific tumor while minimizing side effects. Your plan could include:
- Clinical trials
- Radiation therapy, including image-guided beam radiation therapy (IGRT), intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), 3-D conformal radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
Learn more about cancer treatments at Cone Health Cancer Center.
You’ll experience improved symptom relief and a better quality of life during treatment because your Cone Health team integrates palliative care into your multidisciplinary care plan.
Radiosurgery for Brain Tumors
If you’re a candidate for stereotactic radiosurgery, you’ll benefit from a painless, “scalpel-free” alternative to traditional surgery. With this innovative technique, your doctor eliminates cancer cells using advanced technology that delivers extremely precise high-dose radiation. This is an outpatient procedure that does not require a hospital stay. You should be able to resume normal activities within a couple days.
Advanced Treatment for Multiple Brain Metastases
If you experience cancer that’s spread to multiple sites in the brain, you may benefit from a new treatment technique that delivers simultaneous targeted radiation to each lesion. That means you’ll receive high-quality radiation treatment in less time. This technique, pioneered by Cone Health, is available at only a handful of hospitals across the country.
More Comfortable Tumor Treatment
Before radiation therapy or stereotactic radiosurgery for a brain tumor, ask your doctor about about our "faceless mask". This is a custom plastic mesh mask that keeps your head still during treatment. Our masks feature a large opening for your eyes and nose to reduce discomfort and allow you to see and breathe more easily.
Before radiation therapy or stereotactic radiosurgery for a spinal cord tumor, you’ll get a custom body pillow that makes you more comfortable while keeping you in the right position for your targeted treatment.
Support & Survivorship
Throughout your cancer journey, lean on Cone Health for support and wellness services that address your family’s social, emotional, spiritual and financial health. Gain support, information and new friends at our brain tumor support group.
Brain Tumor Information & Resources
Learn more and find additional support through the following resources: