Your treatment for brain and spine tumors will depend on your overall health, extent of the disease and your tolerance for various therapies. The sequence and combination of treatments will depend on the site and stage of your cancer.
The Brain & Spine Tumor Center offers comprehensive multidisciplinary care to patients with brain tumors. It is the only brain tumor program in the western suburbs of Chicago to have a fellowship trained oncologic neurosurgeon and neuro-oncologist, and a brain tumor-dedicated radiation oncologist*. These specialists collaborate with your referring doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan for you from a convenient, centralized location at the Cadence Cancer Center in Warrenville.
You can meet with your physicians and other caregivers in a single, patient-friendly setting. Talk with your doctor to see if you are a good candidate for this type of clinic.
- Clinic takes place at the Cadence Cancer Center in Warrenville
- Patients are seen by a team of providers who round one-by-one in the clinic.
- Caregivers and family members are encouraged to attend
Clinic hours follow the Physician Tumor Board, where all of the members of your team review your case and work together to ensure a coordinated treatment plan.
Our surgeons specialize in the care of complex tumors including glioblastoma, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, ependymoma, medulloblastoma, acoustic neuroma, meningiomas and glomus tumors.
Your treatment may include:
There are several types of surgery available for tumors of the brain and spinal column. Talk to your doctor about the best choice, based on the size and location of your cancer and its stage. A craniotomy (surgical removal of a small piece of the skull) allows surgeons to treat a specific part of the brain, using high-tech imaging techniques to guide them.
Intraoperative MRI (iMRI)
Cadence Health – Central DuPage Hospital is the only hospital in Illinois to offer full-field intraoperative MRI (i-MRI), a state-of-the-art surgical technology that provides high-quality, more-detailed imaging viewable during surgery. By integrating this technology with advanced surgical techniques, your neurosurgeon can conduct scans during surgery to more safely and precisely remove brain tumors, especially around sensitive areas of the brain. This ensures maximum possible tumor removal and minimizes the removal of healthy tissue.
Your radiation oncologist may use high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.
Proton therapy – One of the most precise forms of radiation therapy, proton treatment can be precisely controlled so most of the radiation ends up directly in the tumor, reducing the risk of damage to surrounding healthy tissues and causing fewer short- and long-term side effects. It has been effective in treating certain types of brain and spine cancer. Cadence Health is the first and only health system in Illinois and the ninth in the country to offer proton therapy.
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) – despite its name, radiosurgery is a treatment, not a surgical procedure. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a precise form of radiation therapy that focuses high-powered X-rays on localized tumors. This treatment is often used for brain tumors.
Drugs are administered, either by intravenously or orally, to interfere with the cancer cell’s ability to reproduce. Your experienced neuro-oncologist will determine the best combination of medications for your tumor. If appropriate, the medical oncologists at Cadence Health may consult directly with the team at Cleveland Clinic to discuss your treatment options.
Side effects from cancer treatment can impact your quality of life and your body’s ability to respond to treatment. Cadence Health is home to a diverse team of palliative medicine specialists who work with your oncologist to help relieve your pain and manage your symptoms. Cadence Health palliative medicine specialists:
- Treat pain and other physical symptoms of cancer, such as fatigue, nausea, trouble sleeping, poor appetite, breathing difficulties, and weight loss
- Treat emotional symptoms, such as depression and anxiety
- Improve your body’s ability to tolerate cancer treatments
- Help you better understand tests, procedures, and options
- Guide you and those who care for you to helpful outside resources
From your initial diagnosis throughout your care, the palliative medicine team at Cadence Health can help you remain stronger in your fight against cancer and feel better, every step of the way.
You can participate in clinical trials, which focus on new treatment options for certain brain tumors.
*In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, the individuals identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for their private patients.