Brain and Spine Tumors

Premier Health’s neuroscience team works together to identify the exact type and location of the brain or spine tumor, surgically remove tumor cells, destroy remaining tumor cells and prevent tumor cells from growing. Results of sophisticated tests done on the tumor tissue help develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient.Types of tumors include:

Our neurosciences team of specialists include board-certified and experienced neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, neurologists, interventional neurologists, neuropsychologists and neurocritical care neurologists who collaborate to provide the best possible care and treatment options with the goal of improving quality of life. We combine a patient-centered approach with advanced technology, research and unparalleled expertise to deliver the best possible outcomes. Premier Health provides convenient access to the region’s top neurologists at multiple locations throughout Southwest Ohio.

Diagnosing Brain and Spine Tumors

Brain and spinal tumors are abnormal growths in or around the spinal column and brain that may destroy healthy cells and/or inhibit normal functioning. Some risk factors are involved with the development of tumors, however, the cause of brain and spine tumors is mostly unknown. Symptoms of brain and spine tumors vary according to the location of the growth, and may include:

  • Behavioral or cognitive changes
  • Difficulty walking or balance
  • Headaches, new, sudden, or frequent
  • Hearing problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Speech problems
  • Vision problems 

Brain and spinal tumors may develop in the brain and spine (primary tumors), and some tumors may spread to the brain and spine from other areas of the body (secondary, or mestatic, tumors). There are two types of tumors: benign tumors and malignant tumors. Benign tumors are non-cancerous and develop slowly. Malignant tumors are fast-growing, cancerous tumors that spread to other tissues in the body.

Premier Health’s neuroscience team is experienced in diagnosing a wide range of benign and malignant tumors, including meningioma, astrocytoma and glioblastoma. Diagnostic capabilities include minimally invasive stereotactic brain biopsies and technology such as single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET).

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Treating Brain and Spinal Tumors

Treating brain and spinal tumors may depend on the location of the growth, size of the tumor, and its type. Some tumors can be surgically removed, others may spread to surrounding areas and can be difficult to treat. The trained specialists at the Tumor Center have a wide range of options available for the treatment of brain and spinal tumors.

In some cases, surgical treatment may be necessary to remove tumors that don’t respond to other treatment methods. The board-certified specialists at the Tumor Center utilize minimally invasive procedures when possible.  

Experience in Skull Base Tumors

Premier Health’s neurosurgery team is experienced in diagnosing and removing hard-to-reach skull base tumors in locations technically challenging to access, such as the underside of the brain, the skull base, and the top few bones of the spinal column.

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Experience in Pituitary Tumors

Our neurosurgery team is experienced in diagnosing and removing pituitary tumors, most often through the nose using minimally invasive techniques.

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Surgery for Brain and Spine Tumors

To surgically remove tumor cells, Premier Health neurosurgeons use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible, and also open the skull when required to get direct access to the brain. An awake craniotomy may be performed when the tumor is located in or near an area that controls essential functions, such as language.

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

ROSA™ Brain

ROSA™ is a minimally invasive robotic surgical assistant used to enhance the safety and reliability of neurological procedures such as brain biopsies and surgical evaluation of epilepsy. ROSA is a robot with an arm that replicates the movements of a human arm, allowing for extremely precise positioning but also the ability for freedom of movement. Learn more

ROSA™ Spine

ROSA™is a minimally invasive robotic surgical assistant developed to assist in a variety of minimally invasive spinal surgical procedures. In spinal surgery, the robot assists the surgeon in the treatment of degenerative spine disease, spinal trauma, deformities and spinal cord tumors. Learn more

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Radiation Treatment for Brain and Spine Tumors

Board-certified specialists use the TrueBeam stereotactic radiosurgery system to target tumors with an extremely accurate beam of radiation that spares nearby healthy cells. Stereotactic body radiotherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery can be performed with power, accuracy and speed.

Watch the following video on the TrueBeam™ Radiotherapy System.


Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Chemotherapy and Biological Therapy for Brain and Spine Tumors

Premier Health offers chemotherapy to attack brain cancer cells and biological therapy to work with the immune system to fight tumor cells. 

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

Optune™ Treatment for Glioblastoma

Premier Health now offers Optune™, a treatment for both newly diagnosed and recurrent glioblastoma. Optune is a painless, portable, non-invasive medical device that uses transducer arrays applied to the scalp. The arrays are placed in a formation customized to the patient's tumor location and size, and deliver Tumor Treating Fields to disrupt the division of cancer cells, slowing tumor growth. The arrays can be worn beneath a hat, scarf, or wig, and the entire device is contained in a portable backpack. For best response to treatment, Optune must be worn for a minimum of 18 hours per day. Optune can be used alongside other cancer treatments.

Premier Health has seven providers from medical oncology, radiation oncology, and neurosurgery certified to prescribe and monitor glioblastoma treatments using Optune. Optune can provide a greater quality of life for patients with glioblastoma, allowing them to receive cancer treatment during normal daily activities.

For more information about Optune, talk to your doctor.

Clinical Trials for Brain and Spine Tumors

Premier Health hospitals participate in cancer clinical trials through the Dayton Clinical Oncology ProgramOff Site Icon (DCOP), giving patients access to more than 100 national clinical trials. 

Offered through: Miami Valley HospitalAtrium Medical CenterUpper Valley Medical Center

Support for Patients and Families

Fidelity Health Care, social workers, cancer care coordinators, pastoral care staff, a Wellness Center, education and support groups and other helpful resources help patients with cancerous brain and spine tumors live their best lives.

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical CenterUpper Valley Medical Center

Your Neuroscience Team

Premier Health’s neuroscience teams includes board certified, experienced neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-oncologists, radiation and medical oncologists, neuroradiologists, hospitalists and other professionals, all collaborating to provide the best possible quality of life for people with brain and spine tumors. 

Offered through: Miami Valley HospitalAtrium Medical CenterUpper Valley Medical Center

Content Updated: July 17, 2018

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