Our highly trained staff draws upon the latest technology and most advanced surgical procedures to offer diagnosis and treatment of brain and spine tumors.
A team approach to treating brain and spine tumors
The Tumor Center of Carondelet Neurological Institute uses a collaborative approach to reviewing and discussing the medical condition and treatment options for patients with brain or spine tumors. A tumor board regularly meets to thoroughly evaluate existing clinical data and patient information to determine the appropriate course of treatment for our patients. The board consists of a neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, neuroradiologist, medical physicist and nurse coordinator. Patients benefit from a team of highly trained medical specialists reviewing and coordinating the latest available treatment options.
Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options
Our multi-disciplinary team of specialists uses sophisticated technology and procedures to treat brain and spine tumors. Depending upon the type of tumor, stage of growth, and location, neurological experts can use a combination of treatment strategies.
The imaging center on the St. Joseph’s Hospital campus uses the latest equipment to provide physicians with X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to accurately diagnose and monitor each patient’s treatment. Neurosurgeons utilize the Institute’s three new operating suites of the future with technology that is fully integrated with the hospital campus and physician offices. Two of the operating suites share the BrainSUITE iCT, the most efficient, technologically advanced system for image guidance during neurosurgery and is the first of this kind installed in North America. Real-time CT scan images can be obtained inside the surgical suite, so patients don’t have to be moved during delicate surgical procedures. These CT scans are immediately integrated with pre-operative information and lab data, giving neurosurgeons access to vital information that enhances their ability to make critical decisions.
Some brain and spine tumors cannot be fully removed with conventional neurosurgery because of their size or location. These tumors may be treated using Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), a way of delivering highly targeted, high energy radiation to supplement surgical treatment or, in certain conditions, may be the primary treatment of choice. Because the radiation can be delivered with great precision, the healthy tissue surrounding the tumors is not damaged. Radiation oncologists use this approach to treat both cancerous and benign primary central nervous system tumors (tumors that begin in the brain or spinal cord) and metastatic or secondary tumors (tumors caused by cancer cells that break away from a primary tumor that developed outside the body’s central nervous system). At the Tumor Center, SRS is performed using the Novalis Tx, one of the most advanced systems available in the field of radiation oncology and the first of its kind in Arizona. This type of treatment is delivered on an outpatient basis in the Institute’s Outpatient Center.
The Institute’s neurological inpatient center consists of all private rooms and is the largest, most comprehensive in Southern Arizona. It is staffed by clinicians specially trained to manage the care of patients with neurological conditions using the most advanced monitoring technology. In one area of the hospital, patients can receive all levels of neurological care, including critical intensive care. Within the state-of-the-art critical care center, each nurse is able to constantly monitor and provide high level, individualized care.
Neurorehabilitation services are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. A specially trained team helps patients re-learn how to swallow, move, and/or communicate as part of their recovery from a neurological injury or illness. All service programs are customized to meet the individual patient’s needs. Both one-to-one and group therapy options are available.
For more information or to make a referral, please call (520) 873-3333.