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The NorthShore Neurological Institute understands that tumors on the spine and brain are as individual as the patients they affect. That’s why our nationally recognized brain tumor and spine tumor program offers the most advanced care available—tailored to the individualized needs of each and every patient. We provide comprehensive care for patients with malignant or benign tumors that arise primarily in the brain and spine, as well as for patients with neurological complications secondary to other cancers.
NorthShore has one of the largest brain and spine tumor programs in the country, providing experienced and compassionate care backed by leading research and an expert team of specialists. Our multidisciplinary care team includes:
The Neurological Institute is also involved in multiple clinical trials and studies, offering patients promising new methods of cancer detection and treatment. Our specialists have led and participated in numerous pivotal studies that are transforming the spine and brain tumor care of our patients—and of patients elsewhere in the world.
NorthShore patients have access to clinical trials and treatment options that are not available at other hospitals in the region. In fact, more than one third of our patients are referred from well beyond our service area, both from locations across the country and internationally.
Team Care Advantage
NorthShore patients have the advantage of an entire team of caregivers who bring together decades of expertise and knowledge from a variety of disciplines. Each specialist team member seamlessly enters into a patient’s treatment plan when appropriate. Tumors on the spine and brain can affect physical function, mobility, ability to perform activities of daily living, speech and swallowing. Our physiatrists lead a multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation specialists who work with patients to reduce physical deficits and improve function.
In addition to the services of the Neurological Institute, our patients have access to the programs and services offered by NorthShore’s Kellogg Cancer Center. This collaborative model ensures that individual care plans benefit from shared opinions and a broad range of practice and insight. NorthShore clinicians participate in bimonthly neuro-oncology conferences at which individual cases are reviewed.
Specially trained neuro-oncology nurses care solely for brain and spine tumor patients and those with neurologic complications from cancer. They serve as a central resource and point of contact for patients and families. Our dedicated neuro-oncology nurses are available every day for patient questions and concerns, and are a great source of education and support.
Our social workers have experience and special training in the psychological, social, emotional and practical needs of tumor patients and their families. Social workers are available for individual and family consultations. Financial counseling also is available for patients and families struggling with the cost of ongoing spine and brain tumor care.
Patient and Family Support
We are committed to providing for our patients’ psychological, social and emotional needs. Our social workers can help families cope with the stress that often accompanies illness. In addition, a registered dietitian is available for nutritional guidance through radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Integrative therapies and other healing resources are a part of each patient’s care plan.
Our oncology-focused social work team helps to lead support groups for brain tumor patients and their caregivers. NorthShore enjoys a supportive and collaborative relationship with the American Brain Tumor Association.
Our fellowship-trained specialists have earned numerous honors and awards, from recognition in the Best Doctors of America to the Spirit Award presented by the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation. They have been tapped to serve in leadership roles for neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology and other professional and research organizations and are sought-after participants and presenters in major research and academic proceedings.
The NorthShore neuro-oncology program is a member of several national cooperative groups that participate in clinical trials investigating new treatments for brain and spine tumors. We are members of the National Cancer Institute-sponsored Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC) and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG).
Medical professionals throughout the region regularly consult NorthShore brain and spine tumor program specialists for advice on specific patient treatment.
For More Information
Please call 877.570.7020 for more information on spine and brain tumor care or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.