Harvey Sandler Center for Brain and Spine Tumors
Brain and spinal cord (also known as central nervous system, or CNS) tumors
can be benign or malignant.
The unexpected diagnosis of a tumor of the central nervous system can
be extremely confusing and frightening. In the U.S., 45,000 individuals
are diagnosed with primary brain tumors each year, while 170,000 individuals
are diagnosed with metastatic brain tumors.
The Marcus Neuroscience Institute’s Harvey Sandler Center for Brain
and Spine Tumor is a regional leader in the diagnosis, treatment, and
rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders or illnesses. Our
multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive, multifaceted care for individuals
suffering from brain tumors and the neurological complications of cancer.
The goal of the Central Nervous System (CNS) tumor team is to treat each
brain tumor in the most effective way possible. Many times, treatment
begins with surgery, but our care does not stop there.
Neurosurgeon: performs surgery to remove the tumor.
Neuro-oncologist: a neurologist with specialized training in the medical
treatment of central nervous system (CNS) tumors (brain and spine) using
medications and chemotherapy.
Neuropathologist: a doctor that makes the diagnosis of diseases of the
brain and nervous system by examining the tissue under a microscope.
Radiation oncologist: A doctor with special training who treats tumors
Medical oncologist: a doctor with special training who treats cancers
and tumors from others places in the body and sometimes with primary brain
tumors if neuro-oncologists are not available.
Neuropsychologist: a doctor with special training in helping people who
have trouble with their thinking and memory issues.
Neurologist: a doctor who helps with care as it relates to complications
of cancer (seizure, neuropathies, etc)
Our neuro-oncology team provides advanced care for patients with a robust
range of central nervous system tumors, including but not limited to:
- Acoustic neuromas
- Anaplastic astrocytomas
- Cavernous angiomas
- Cavernous sinus tumors
- Carcinomatous meningitis
- Cerebellar astrocytomas
- Colloid cysts
- Ependymomas and subependymomas
- Glioblastoma (GBM)
- Glomus tumors
- Low-grade astrocytomas
- Metastic brain tumors
- Optic nerve gliomas
- Pancoast tumors
- Paranasal sinus tumors
- Pineal region tumors
- Pituitary tumors
- Skull-based tumors
- Spinal cord tumors
- Spinal tumors (oncology)
- Tumors of neurofibromatosis
- Ventricular tumors
- Vertebral body tumors (benign or malignant)
- Vestibular schwannomas
Treatment options - we give you hope
The Marcus Neuroscience Institute, along with the Lynn Cancer Institute,
offer a robust network of neuro-oncology studies and treatment options.
Our physicians and specialists are committed to working together to develop
a personalized approach to each patient’s treatment.
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of
cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly.
Depending on your type of cancer and how advanced it is, chemotherapy can:
- Cure cancer when chemotherapy destroys cancer cells and they will not grow back.
- Control cancer when chemotherapy keeps cancer from spreading, slows its
growth, or destroys cancer cells that have spread to other parts of your body.
- Ease symptoms when chemotherapy shrinks tumors that are causing pain or
Sometimes, chemotherapy is used as the only cancer treatment. However,
more often, chemotherapy is combined with surgery or radiation therapy.
When used alongside surgery or radiation therapy, chemotherapy can:
- Make a tumor smaller before surgery or radiation therapy
- Destroy cancer cells that may remain after surgery or radiation therapy
- Improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy and biological therapy
- Destroy cancer cells that reoccur or spread to other parts of your body
If the brain tumor is accessible for surgery, your surgeon will work to
remove as much of the tumor as possible. In most cases, even removing
a small portion of the brain tumor may help reduce symptoms.
In some cases, tumors are small and simple to separate from surrounding
tissue, which make complete tumor removal possible. In other cases, tumors
can’t be separated from surrounding tissue or they are located near
areas in the brain which can make surgery precarious. In most of these
instances, the surgeons will remove as much as they can.
- Intra-operative MRI and Intra-operative CT
- Awake craniotomy procedures
- 4D endoscopic surgery
- En bloc tumor resection
- Spinal instrumentation or reconstruction
- A painless, noninvasive robotic radiosurgery system used for treating benign
and malignant tumors. CyberKnife is able to target difficult to reach
or inoperable tumors, without an incision or use of a scalpel.
- Our radiation oncology team includes an ensemble of distinguished radiation
oncologists who have trained at the most highly respected and well-known
cancer centers in the world. Because of this, patients in Florida and
nationally can feel confident that they will receive the best treatments
available without the stress of traveling long distances to major metropolitan areas.
- Novalis TXTM with Rapid Arc Linear Accelerator®
- RAPID ARCR® Radio therapy, delivering tumor-destroying radiation with precision
- SBRT: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy /SRS: Sterotactic Radiosurgery
- State-of-the-art Linear Accelerators with Intensity Modulated Radiation
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Follow up and supportive care
The Marcus Neuroscience Institute collaborates with the Lynn Cancer Institute
and Gloria Drummond Rehabilitation Center to provide cancer support services
and rehabilitation to all of our CNS tumor patients which are an integral
part of the overall cancer treatment for our patients and those in the
community facing a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our cancer support
services help to provide patients and families with their comprehensive
needs while receiving care for an oncology related diagnosis. The cancer
support services are designed to support patients with the various physical,
psychosocial, nutritional, financial and myriad of other needs that may
arise because of their cancer diagnosis and treatment.
To schedule a consultation, please call 561-955-4600.