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Brain Tumor Center

Norton Neuroscience Institute — the area’s leader in neurological care — provides comprehensive brain tumor treatment in collaboration with the area’s leader in cancer care, Norton Cancer Institute. Our experienced team treats patients from Southern Indiana, Louisville and throughout Kentucky.

The experienced specialists at Norton Neuroscience Institute and Norton Cancer Institute are at the leading edge of rapidly developing improvements in brain tumor treatment. They have the skill and experience to pinpoint the cause of your brain tumor and devise a customized treatment plan to eliminate the tumor while preserving healthy brain tissue.

Your case will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary group of board-certified specialists who bring a range of viewpoints to every case. They’ll discuss treatment options and arrive at a plan that is right for you.

Treatment options include robotic-assisted surgery that provides the precision needed when operating in critical brain structures, radiation treatments precisely targeting brain tumors, and advanced chemotherapy. Our specialists are the principal investigators on many brain tumor clinical trials to provide patients access to the latest innovative treatments.

Brain Tumor Types

Any mass or growth of abnormal cells in your brain is a tumor. Given the rigid confines of your skull, any abnormal cell growth, whether cancerous or not, is dangerous.

Aside from cancerous or noncancerous tumors that begin in your brain, brain tumors also can be the result of cancer that has spread from other parts of your body.

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Chordoma
  • Central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma
  • Glioblastoma multiforme and other astrocytoma
  • Glioma, including craniopharyngioma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Metastatic brain tumors
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Primitive neuroectodermal (PNET) tumors
  • Schwannoma

Brain Tumor Symptoms

There are some common brain tumor symptoms. If you experience any of these, consult your primary care physician.

  • Headaches are one of the most common symptoms. Brain tumor patients sometimes describe their headaches as steady, but different from a migraine and resistant to aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Seizures often are the first indication of a brain tumor. Seizures can vary depending on the location and type of brain tumor.
  • Memory loss typically is noticed as difficulty with short-term memory.
  • Depression goes far beyond just feeling down. Depression is persistent and interferes with your daily life.
  • Mood swings can be brain tumor symptom.
  • Personality changes can be dramatic and affect behavior and outlook.

Brain Tumor Diagnosis

Tools the Brain Tumor Center uses to reach a precise diagnosis of your tumor include:

CT Scan – This imaging test collects X-rays from multiple angles. The images are then combined to form a 3-dimentional image. The CT scan can measure a tumor and, using contrast dye, can provide greater detail. CT scans are also useful for patients who can’t have and MRI because of metal such as a pacemaker in the body.

MRI – Unlike a CT scan, an MRI uses magnetic fields rather than X-rays to collect detailed images. An MRI provides greater detail than a CT scan and, if suitable for the patient, is preferred for diagnosing a brain tumor.

fMRI – During a functional MRI (fMRI), the patient will perform specific tasks that will be reflected in the brain. This test helps the surgeon plan the operation so to avoid damaging healthy, functional parts of the brain while removing a tumor.

Biopsy – This procedure removes a small piece of tissue for examination and is the only definitive way to diagnose a brain tumor. Biopsy can be performed while removing the tumor or as an intermediate step if surgical removal isn’t possible because of the location or patient’s health.

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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