Choosing an expert and compassionate surgical team is one of the most important decisions a patient with a brain tumor can make; it is also one of the first decisions he or she may need to make. Although and the diagnosis of ‘brain tumor’ is understandably frightening, if you are newly diagnosed you do have time to research and choose your surgical team. At House, we bring the advanced microsurgical techniques associated with skull base surgery to bear on intrinsic brain tumors such as glioblastoma. Many of the patients we see have been told elsewhere that there tumor is ‘inoperable’ because of its location, however in our experience many of these ‘inoperable’ tumors are not only treatable, but often removable completely. As in the other areas of our practice, we incorporate minimally invasive and endoscopic tenchniques as well, including intraventricular neuro-endoscopy for the resection of intraventricular tumors.,/p>
Importantly, for most brain tumors surgery is the first step in a multidisciplinary approach to eradication of the tumor that includes chemotherapy and radiation or radiosurgery. The House Neurosurgical Associates host a multidisciplinary Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board that meets at the House Research Institute with the attendance and cooperation of specialist in neuro-pathology, neuro-radiology, neuro-oncology, and radiation oncology to insure that our patients continue to recieve state-of-the-art care after their surgery.