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Brain Tumor Treatments

Highly trained specialists at Norton Neuroscience Institute and Norton Cancer Institute collaborate to provide the most comprehensive brain tumor treatment available for Louisville and Southern Indiana patients. Our deep commitment to innovation and constant learning means you can count on our team to provide the latest, most advanced treatment options.

A brain tumor treatment plan may include surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation or a combination of all four.

Brain Tumor Surgery

Surgery is often the first line of treatment for brain tumors. Procedures may include minimally invasive surgical techniques to precisely and safely remove tumors. Some technologies used by the neurosurgeons at Norton Neuroscience Institute include:

ROSA Robotic System

Our neurosurgeons use ROSA — a new robotic technology — to map the safest route to your tumor. ROSA generates a 3D map of your brain, so surgeons can see structures at any angle and any depth.

The 3D imaging helps surgeons use ROSA’s robotic arm to thread tiny tools through holes the width of a spaghetti noodle to the source of the tumor. ROSA often allows surgeons to avoid a craniotomy — removing part of the skull — to access the tumor.

Laser Ablation (NeuroBlate)

Our neurosurgeons also couple the ROSA robotic system with laser-generated heat to precisely target and destroy tumors and lesions.

Real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology displays thermal maps to ensure targeting of the diseased tissue while preserving nearby healthy tissue.

Ultrasonic Aspirators

Our neurosurgeons are also experienced at using sound-wave vibrations to break up tumors and remove them with a small tube.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. You may receive chemotherapy by itself or in addition to other treatments, such as radiation therapy and surgery.

Chemotherapy can be taken orally in pill form or injected into a vein (intravenously), depending on the specific drug or treatment plan.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy, such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), use high-energy beams to kill tumor cells and alleviate symptoms caused by the tumor. Radiation therapy can be delivered by a machine outside of your body or placed internally, close to your brain tumor.

Clinical Trials

In addition to offering leading-edge treatments, the Brain Tumor Center offers access to advanced clinical trials for Louisville and Southern Indiana patients. Many innovative National Cancer Institute and industry-sponsored clinical trials are available through Norton Cancer Institute. As a top-enrolling site in innovative industry-sponsored studies, Norton Cancer Institute has made remarkable strides and discoveries through participation in such trials.

Brain Tumor Care That’s Focused on You

  • A neuro-oncology patient navigator helps patients and their families and acts as a patient advocate through diagnosis, treatment and beyond.
  • Financial counselors provide compassionate, friendly help to patients plan to pay their bills.
  • Five area Norton Cancer Institute Resource Centers provide comfort, support and information at no cost to patients and families.
  • Norton Cancer Institute’s Behavioral Oncology Program is designed to provide supportive, emotional and psychological care for patients diagnosed with brain tumors.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

About the Brain Tumor Center

  • Our multidisciplinary approach ensures your case benefits from the viewpoints of specialists from a broad array of expertise, experience and training.
  • Same-day appointments are available for newly diagnosed patients
  • Since we combine the various specialties that can treat your brain tumor, you can schedule all of your appointments for the same day, in the same location.
  • Our Brain Tumor Board discusses and considers various approaches to treating your brain tumor before arriving at a customized treatment plan.
  • From robotics to the latest in chemotherapy, sophisticated treatments offer our patients the benefits of precisely eliminating brain tumors while protecting healthy brain tissue.
  • Our specialists are the principal investigators on many brain tumor clinical trials to provide patients access to the latest innovative treatments.
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