Neurosurgeons are highly specialized surgeons who focus on the complex operations required for brain, spine and central nervous system tumors and cancers. The neurosurgeons work closely with the other team members to coordinate and optimize your treatment.
Neuro-oncologists are physicians who specialize in medical treatment approaches, such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy for brain, spine and other neurological cancer. This physician evaluates which drugs or combination of drugs are best to treat your cancer, how to maximize their effect to overcome the blood-brain barrier which prevents some cancer drugs from working in the brain, determines how to deliver them safely, and manages any side effects.
A radiation oncologist is a physician who specializes in radiotherapy approaches to fight cancer. For brain, spine and neurological cancers, radiation therapy (including Gamma knife radiosurgery) may be used before or after surgery and as a palliative treatment to relieve pain.
The neuropathologist is the physician on your team who analyzes your tissue samples from tumors and performs laboratory tests to determine the type of tumor you have and whether it is cancerous. The neuropathologist specializes in diagnosing brain, spine and other neurological tumors and conditions and provides critical information your care team needs to determine the very best treatment options for you.
The neuroradiologist is a physician who specializes in neurologic imaging procedures — including computed tomography (CT), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), tractography and more to provide fast, accurate imaging for diagnosis, treatment planning and symptom management. Neuroradiologists play a vital role in identifying language and motor areas and white matter pathways in the brain to protect neurologic function during surgery.
Advanced Practice Providers
An advanced practice providers (APP) is a medical professional such as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner. APPs work in all areas of the hospital and play an important role in the development and implementation of your treatment plan. They perform examinations, order tests, interpret data and prescribe medication.