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Brain Cancer

We provide brain cancer treatment for astrocytoma, glioblastoma, other gliomas and tumors, including cancer metastasis to the brain.

Our team of medical oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists and radiation oncologists use the newest technologies for brain cancer – including IMRT, IGRT and stereotactic radiosurgery (“surgery without the knife”) – to achieve the best outcomes.

Honored for Cancer Expertise

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2012The Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons, gave us its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award, one of only three Pennsylvania centers to receive that distinction for cancer treatment excellence.

Diagnostic Tests for Brain Cancer

Tests for evaluation and diagnosis include cerebral angiography, analysis of cerebral spinal fluid, CT, MRI and PET scans, and biopsy. We also provide consultations (second opinions) for patients originally diagnosed elsewhere.

Brain Cancer Treatments

Our specialists are highly experienced and individualize treatment for each patient. Depending on tumor type and location, surgery can remove or reduce brain cancer. The highly skilled neurosurgeons on our team are experienced at removing affected tissue while preserving healthy areas.

Our radiation oncologists excel with advanced radiation therapy procedures. Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) deliver high-powered, focused radiation to avoid healthy areas. Stereotactic radiosurgery precisely targets powerful x-rays on a small area, limiting risk to nearby tissue.

Brain cancer patients also may receive chemotherapy or targeted therapy.

We take part in clinical trials research on brain cancer. This gives our patients opportunities to participate and benefit from innovative approaches before new developments are widely available.

Fertility Preservation

Before starting any cancer treatment, talk with your oncologist about whether the therapy could affect your fertility. Our reproductive endocrinologists help with fertility preservation before treatment or appropriate infertility treatment if cancer therapy has already been given.

Help Navigating Your Cancer Treatment

Whether you are newly diagnosed or in treatment, our cancer navigators provide help and support. The nurse navigator for brain cancer, Betty Cummings, RN, MSN, OCN, is available at 215-481-3191 or bcummings@amh.org.