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Neuro-Oncology

Our team of neuro-oncology specialists treats patients who are suffering from tumors of the brain or spinal cord.  Several of our physicians are nationally recognized experts with years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological cancers. Team members include surgical and medical neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, radiation physicists, neuro-oncology and radiation oncology nurses, and neuro-oncology nurse practitioners.

Special honors

  • As leaders in their respective professional organizations and editors of books, chapters and articles on neurological cancers, many are recognized by their peers as America’s best doctors.

Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Changes in speech
  • Twitching or numbness
  • Numbness or tingling in arms or legs

Diagnosis is determined by:

  • Physical Exam
  • Neurological exam
  • CT scan
  • MRI

Treatment options include

  • conventional and computer-assisted neurosurgery
  • micro-neurosurgery
  • brain mapping/awake craniotomy
  • endoscopic neurosurgery
  • complex spine surgery
  • Gamma Knife radiosurgery
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy

What our team provides

  •  On the day of appointment, each patient receives personal attention from the Neuro-Oncology Team staff person and the appropriate team member.
  • A team physician evaluates the patient, reviews all records, requests any needed additional testing, and presents the case to the multidisciplinary team.
  • After the team conference, this physician shares the team’s recommendations with the patient and family members. If other testing is required or if other specialists need to be seen as part of the proposed therapy those appointments are made the same day or as soon as is convenient for the patient 

Support groups and screenings

Karmanos Cancer Institute offers the following support groups for cancer patients and their families:

  • Women Achieving Victory & Esteem (W.A.V.E.) is a monthly support group for female cancer patients only (any type, any stage).
  • Latina Cancer Support Group/Unidas En Victoria Contra El Cancer meets twice a month and is a support group for Spanish speaking women with cancer. Location/Sítio: Most Holy Redeemer Church, 1721 Junction St., Detroit, MI 48209.
  • Brothers Reaching & Achieving Victory & Esteem (B.R.A.V.E .) is a monthly support group for male cancer patients only (any type, any stage).
  • For more information about support groups, click here.