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Brain Tumor Board

The multidisciplinary approach to brain tumor treatment is best exemplified by the weekly meeting of the Brain Tumor Board, where a broad range of specialist physicians review patients’ cases.

Sharing their expertise and experience, physicians specializing in neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, behavioral oncology, neuropathology, neuroradiology and neuropsychology collaborate on care plans for each case.

The Brain Tumor Board also draws on the expertise of a Brain Tumor Center nurse navigator, physical and speech therapists, music therapists, social workers, financial counselors and clinical research to ensure patients and families get the support they need.

New diagnoses of brain tumors are presented to the board each week, and follow-up cases are presented at steps along the patient’s journey.

The physicians will review pathology slides, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan results, medical history, medical examination notes and other records of your case. The board reviews new cases to reach a precise diagnosis based on multiple viewpoints.

When the discussion turns to therapy, the pros and cons of various options are discussed and weighed before the team determines a customized, coordinated treatment plan for your case.

While these specialists review your case, you may have separate appointments with the physicians, depending on the nature of your brain tumor. The Brain Tumor Center allows scheduling multiple appointments for the same day at the same location to minimize travel.

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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