Our neuro-oncologists and neurosurgeons treat a wide range of brain tumor conditions:
Gamma Knife and CyberKnife Radiosurgery are bloodless neurosurgical techniques for treating brain diseases with highly focused radiation beams. Radiosurgery can often be used instead of standard open surgery and radiation.
This nonsurgical procedure employs beams of radiation to treat tumors or lesions deep inside the brain. Generally adults are kept awake during Gamma Knife radiosurgery, but children are usually given anesthesia to prevent them from moving during the treatment. The treatment may take several hours.
This procedure uses groundbreaking guidance technology to target and track tumors and lesions. CyberKnife treatments focus high-energy x-rays to anywhere in the body with computerized image-guided precision.
A primary brain tumor is a mass of tissue that is formed by an accumulation of abnormal cells. This abnormal cell division can occur in the following places:
Tumors have a wide range of symptoms depending on where they are located. For instance, a tumor on the trigeminal nerve, the fifth cranial nerve, can cause facial pain, while a mass near the optical pathways can cause vision problems. Depending on the location, brain tumors can cause a broad spectrum of physical and behavioral symptoms.
Some common symptoms include:
Even an unusual symptom such as phantoms smells do not necessarily indicate a brain tumor. Evaluation of tumors includes neuro-imaging, such as CT scans and MRI. Occasionally a biopsy is necessary. Treatment depends on the type of tumor and its location. Surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be part of the treatment. At our NSPC Long Island Brain Tumor Center, we have the capability for accurate diagnosis and employ a multi-disciplinary treatment team, including neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-oncology and neurological surgery.
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