Treatment

Here is Premier Health’s commitment to your patients with brain and spine tumors.

Treating Brain and Spinal Tumors

The type of treatment you receive for your brain or spinal tumor depends on the type of tumor and its location, size, and growth. Your treatment plan may include a combination of therapies and surgery.

Your care team will talk with you about each treatment option and how it will affect your life.

  • Radiation. The board-certified specialists at Premier Health use the TrueBeam™ stereotactic radiosurgery system to target tumors with a precise beam of radiation that does not damage nearby healthy cells. The TrueBeam™ system lets our doctors perform non-invasive radiation treatments accurately, quickly and effectively.
  • Chemotherapy and biological therapyWe provide different types of chemotherapy to attack brain cancer cells and biological therapies to work with your immune system to fight tumor cells. 
  • Surgery. If your brain or spinal tumor requires removal, Premier Health neurosurgeons use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Some brain tumors may require opening the skull for direct access to the brain. Our neurosurgeons are highly experienced, with fellowship training in skull base surgery and neuro-oncology techniques.
    • Awake craniotomy If a brain tumor sits near an area that controls an essential function like language, an “awake craniotomy” may be performed to prevent damage.
    • Surgery for skull base tumorsOur neurosurgery team uses minimally invasive endoscopic procedures to reach skull base tumors whenever possible. Instruments are inserted through the natural openings in the skull — the nose or mouth. This type of surgery requires a team of surgical specialists, as skull base tumors on the underside of the brain, the skull base, or the top few bones of the spinal column are hard to reach. In rare cases, open surgery is needed to remove the tumor most effectively.
    • Surgery for pituitary tumorsLocated at the base of the skull, the pituitary gland can be difficult to reach. Our neurosurgery team uses minimally invasive techniques through the nose to reach and remove pituitary tumors.
    • ROSA™ robotic surgical assistant. Our neurosurgeons use ROSA™ Brain minimally invasive technology for increased safety and reliability of neurological procedures. Our neurosurgery teams use ROSA™ to perform brain biopsies and surgical evaluations of epilepsy.
  • Optune™ treatment for glioblastoma. The Optune™ medical device treats newly diagnosed and recurrent glioblastoma with painless electrical impulses that stop the division of cancer cells and slow tumor growth. Patches (called arrays) are placed on the scalp in a formation that matches the size and location of your tumor. You can cover the arrays with a hat, scarf, or wig, but must wear them for at least 18 hours a day. Optune lets you receive cancer treatments during your normal activities. It also can be used with other cancer treatments.
  • Clinical trials. You may be able to receive new or experimental treatments by joining a clinical trial. Your doctor will talk with you about whether a clinical trial is a treatment option for you. The Premier Health and Wright State University Neuroscience Institute participates in cancer clinical trials through the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program and the Clinical Trials Research Alliance. Our patients have access to more than 100 national clinical trials.

Contact Us

Premier Health offers an extensive network of experienced cancer specialists, close to home, who welcome your referrals. Find a cancer specialist best suited to your patient’s unique needs.

Our cancer specialists have access to nationally recognized cancer care protocols and best practices, since Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center.