Brain, Spine and Skull Base Tumors
Harvey Sandler Center for Brain and Spine Tumors
When you’ve been diagnosed with a central nervous system tumor (CNS
tumor), it’s important to find a team that fully understands your
diagnosis and treatment. Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional
Hospital has highly experienced neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists who
are considered pioneers in their field. Some of our neurosurgeons have
made groundbreaking treatment discoveries, led national clinical trials
and held leadership roles at comprehensive cancer centers.
CNS tumors include tumors that form in the brain, skull base or spinal
cord. At our Brain, Spine and Skull Base Tumor Center, we understand that
these tumors are unique in every patient, which is why we take a personalized
approach to your treatment. Whether it’s finding a new clinical
trial or a creative way to manage symptoms, our goal is to help you live
a healthy and full life.
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Which types of CNS tumors are treated at Marcus Neuroscience Institute?
Our neuro specialists treat all types of brain, spine and skull base tumors,
including benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors. Some
of the most common tumors we treat include:
- Acoustic neuromas
- Pituitary adenomas
Our team also treats:
- Anaplastic astrocytomas
- Cavernous angiomas
- Cavernous sinus tumors
- Carcinomatous meningitis
- Cerebellar astrocytomas
- Colloid cysts
- Ependymomas and subependymomas
- Glioblastomas (GBM)
- Glomus tumors
- Low-grade astrocytomas
- Metastatic brain tumors
- Optic nerve gliomas
- Pancoast tumors
- Paranasal sinus tumors
- Pineal region tumors
- Pituitary tumors
- Tumors of neurofibromatosis
- Ventricular tumors
- Vertebral body tumors
How do Marcus Neuroscience Institute experts diagnose CNS tumors?
With every new patient, we start with a complete exam that may include
diagnostic and neurological testing. This process allows us to pinpoint
your diagnosis and determine the best treatment approach for your condition.
We may ask you to undergo several diagnostic tests, including:
- Functional MRI
- CT scan
- Motor function recognition
- Language mapping
- Diffusion tractography
We may also take a tumor biopsy to diagnose the exact type of brain, spine
or skull base tumor. This will allow us to develop a personalized and
more effective treatment plan.
How are CNS tumors treated at Marcus Neuroscience Institute?
Our Brain, Spine and Skull Base Tumor Center works closely with neuro-oncologists at the
Lynn Cancer Institute [Link to Lynn Cancer Institute page] to provide comprehensive care for
patients with CNS tumors. We take a team approach to every patient, which
means experts from across neurology, neurosurgery and neuro-oncology will
weigh in on your diagnosis and treatment. We also discuss complex cases
at our multispecialty tumor board meetings.
Every treatment plan is different and we tailor therapy based on your specific
tumor type. If your tumor is non-cancerous and doesn’t cause symptoms,
we may decide not to treat the tumor right away and monitor it for changes.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor, or if a benign tumor
starts to grow or cause symptoms, you may need treatment.
Your treatment plan may include:
- Neurosurgery, including awake craniotomy procedures, 4D endonasal surgery
and en bloc tumor resection
- Radiosurgery, including the state-of-the-art CyberKnife® system
- Radiation therapy
If you undergo neurosurgery to remove a tumor, Marcus Neuroscience Institute
has access to the latest surgical tools and technology, including intraoperative
MRI and intraoperative CT. The intraoperative imaging helps with accuracy.
It also gives surgeons the ability to re-scan the surgical area to see
whether the whole tumor has been removed, or if more surgery is needed
to remove any remaining tumor. Our team includes a dedicated neuro-pathologist,
who specializes in reading interoperative imaging results.
When you come to Marcus Neuroscience Institute for CNS tumor treatment,
you can expect:
- Highly skilled neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuro-oncologists who have
spent decades diagnosing and treating CNS tumors.
- A state-of-the-art facility complete with the latest diagnostic tools and
- A team that’s dedicated to finding a solution that helps you, whether
it’s a new treatment or a better way to manage your symptoms.
Does every CNS tumor require surgery?
Every treatment plan is different and does not necessarily involve surgery.
While we have some of the region’s most experienced neurosurgeons,
we understand that surgery is not always the best option. Our team of
specialists will collaborate on a treatment plan that fits your needs
and diagnosis. You treatment plan may include monitoring, chemotherapy,
radiation therapy, neurosurgery or radiosurgery.
What is the CyberKnife® procedure?
The CyberKnife® is a type of radiosurgery treatment that uses precise
beams of radiation to destroy tissue or tumors. The CyberKnife® procedure
is a painless and noninvasive therapy that can be used on benign or malignant
tumors. The treatment can target hard-to-reach or inoperable tumors without
needing to make incisions.
How do doctors collaborate on CNS tumor treatment at Marcus Neuroscience
We take a team approach to every case at Marcus Neuroscience Institute.
That includes our weekly tumor board meetings, which we use to discuss
CNS tumor cases and determine the best treatment option for patients with
these tumors. This collaboration helps make sure patients are getting
the best possible treatment option available.
What is endoscopic surgery for CNS tumors?
Our neurosurgeons work closely with ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists
to provide 4D endoscopic surgery for brain and skull base tumors. These
minimally invasive procedures are done with an endoscope, which is a small,
flexible tube with a camera on the end. To reach the brain or skull base
tumor, the surgeon inserts the scope and surgical instruments through
small incisions in the skull or through the mouth or nose (endonasal).
These treatments help avoid more invasive, open surgeries that use larger
Meet the team
Our team of experts includes neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation
oncologists, medical oncologists, neurologists, neuro-pathologists, neuropsychologists,
rehabilitation specialists, pain specialists and nurses who all specialize
in caring for patients with CNS tumors. We also have two epileptologists
on our team who help treat brain tumor patients who experience seizures.