What We Treat

At Providence Brain Tumor Center, we create individualized treatment plans to make sure patients, families, and caregivers understand their options. Our Center offers coordinated, compassionate care, including functional neurosurgery for epilepsy treatment, neuro-endocrinology for pituitary disorders, and stereotactic laser ablation for brain tumors.

We treat the following conditions:

  • Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) 
  • Astrocytic tumor
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Colloid cyst
  • Complex skull-base tumor
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Glioma and glioblastoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Meningioma
  • Metastatic brain tumor
  • Metastatic germ cell tumor
  • Neuroepithelial tumor
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pituitary tumor and related conditions through Providence Center for Pituitary Disorders:
    • Cushing’s disease
    • Acromegaly
    • Prolactinoma
    • Pituitary adenoma
  • Rathke’s cleft cyst
  • Sellar tumor
  • Sinonasal carcinoma
  • Spinal cord tumor

Why choose us?

Providence Brain Tumor Center focuses on patient education and quality-of-life considerations. We aim to provide patients with expert care and the best possible experience. Our multidisciplinary team also does clinical research and attends monthly tumor board meetings to review cases. This means our patients benefit from the most up-to-date knowledge and treatment options in the field.

The team

Our diverse care team includes experienced neurologists, a neuro-oncologist, neurointerventionalists and neurosurgeons. These specialists from Providence Brain & Spine Institute work closely with Providence Cancer Institute physicians, as well as nurses and rehab specialists. And we help coordinate each step in the care process between these teams.

Treatment and technologies

Our Center offers many treatment options. For small tumors that don’t cause symptoms, we can often observe them with regular imaging (MRI, CT, etc.). These tumors may also be treated with hormone medications or radiation therapy. Our Center also proudly offers Gamma Knife Perfexion for stereotactic radiosurgery on smaller tumors. This high-dose radiation treatment focuses on tumors and reduces spread to surrounding brain tissue. Another option for smaller tumors, especially those deep in the brain, is stereotactic laser ablation. This treatment uses heat to destroy tumor tissue.

Larger tumors usually need surgery, either by endoscopy or open craniotomy. Our Center is very experienced with minimally invasive techniques, which can provide safer, more effective tumor removal. We also use a 1.5 tesla high-field strength intraoperative MRI. This machine lets our surgeons take brain images before and during surgery to improve visibility and remove tumors more accurately and completely.

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