Neurological Institute experts have vast experience with a wide range of tumor types. Our specialists treat both benign and malignant primary brain tumors (ones that originate in the brain), meningiomas (mainly benign tumors on the surface of the brain) and metastatic tumors that have traveled to the brain as a consequence of cancer in some other part of the body such as the lung, breast or skin (as a result of melanoma).
NorthShore’s neuro-oncology and neurosurgery specialists work in tandem to develop individualized treatment plans—whether medical, surgical or both—that will yield the best outcomes for patients. Our neuro-oncologists are skilled at treating a broad array of brain tumors as well as complications of the central nervous system that may arise from cancer therapy. These specialists manage and oversee each patient’s care from diagnosis through treatment, coordinating with other specialists as needed.
The Neurological Institute’s neurosurgeons provide our patients with exceptionally strong surgical expertise in the treatment of gliomas such as trocytomas, ependymomas and glioblastoma multiforme. In general, gliomas account for more than 50 percent of all primary brain tumors. NorthShore operates one of the highest-volume programs treating these tumors in the Midwest region.
Screening and Diagnosis
Neurological Institute specialists evaluate patients with the latest in diagnostic technology. High resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a primary method for diagnosing brain tumors. CT and nuclear medicine imaging tools also add to the comprehensive state-of-the-art neuroimaging arsenal we have at our disposal.
NorthShore scans are performed on-site to allow for rapid physician review and timely communication with patients. A team of specialized neuroradiologists—all certified by the American Board of Radiology and who hold the prestigious Certificate of Added Qualification in Diagnostic Neuroradiology—provides the superbly-trained critical eye to accurately interpret brain images. All neuroimaging examinations are reviewed and interpreted by a dedicated neuroradiologist.
Initial treatment often begins with biopsy or resection of the brain or spine tumor with the goal of preserving neurologic function. The Neurological Institute’s fellowship-trained neurosurgeons are nationally recognized for successfully treating brain and spine tumor patients via a variety of advanced surgical techniques such as minimally invasive and incision-free stereotactic radiosurgery. Our experts keep up to the minute on the latest high-tech neurosurgical devices, including intraoperative ultrasound guidance technology that provides images of the brain in real time during surgery. Known as “sono nav,” this most recent innovation enhances the precision and efficiency of neurosurgery and is used at NorthShore.
Our specialists participate in numerous studies to develop novel techniques employing image guidance and intra-operative monitoring to improve the safety and accuracy of surgery. Additionally, NorthShore neurosurgeons are actively involved in evaluating emerging technologies for tumor resection and acquiring new tools as they become available, including the most advanced surgical devices on the market for the safe removal of brain lesions.
Neurological Institute neurosurgeons are now pioneering the use of Visualase, an advanced laser thermal ablation technique. A select number of medical centers around the country have begun using the minimally-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided technique for both primary and metastatic brain tumors. This procedure is often suitable for patients whose brain tumors have grown back after previous surgery and/or radiation therapy. NorthShore neurosurgeons have been specially trained in the stereotactic neurosurgical technique that involves inserting a thin laser fiber into the skull to precisely target areas of the brain. Light energy from the laser heats the brain tumor, effectively destroying it. Our team of neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists utilize MR imaging of the brain throughout the entire procedure. Upon removal of the laser applicator, only one stitch is needed to close the wound.
Our neurosurgical team also has the capability to carefully monitor language and motor function while removing tumors situated in delicate areas of the brain, critical to preserving patient function and quality of life.
In addition to surgery, the Neurological Institute offers patients a full array of the latest medical therapies. Our highly skilled specialists in neuro-oncology direct the administration of chemotherapy. Biologic therapies, including vaccines and monoclonal antibodies, tap the body’s immune system to help fight cancer. Molecular-targeted or directed medical therapies focus on cellular changes and target tumor cells to inhibit tumor growth.
For More Information
Please call 877.570.7020 for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.