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Brain Tumor Treatment

The brain tumor team of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists at Mischer Neuroscience Institute will develop a treatment strategy for your individual needs. They may combine surgery with radiation therapy, medications and chemotherapy as part of an overall treatment plan.

Techniques used to treat brain tumors include:

  • Leksell Gamma Knife® radiosurgery
  • Surgery using surgical microscopes 
  • Minimally invasive neuroendoscopy
  • Motor and language mapping
  • Functional imaging techniques for localizing functional brain regions
  • Awake craniotomies under local anesthesia
  • Intracavitary chemotherapy for high-grade brain tumors
  • Laser ablation

MNI acquired the region’s first Leksell Gamma Knife® in 1993, and is now using the more advanced Leksell

Help During Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is often prescribed as a treatment for cancer, but what effects does it have on the brain and nervous system? Patients have reported difficulty in organizing thoughts, remembering information and reading comprehension. Some patients may experience chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), nerve damage in the nerves farthest away from the brain. And chemotherapy toxicity occurs when the drugs administered during the treatment become toxic to the body.

View this presentation to learn more about how to get treatment for these effects.


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Clinical Trials

When conventional therapy fails, the Institute provides access for patients to enroll in clinical trails of investigational drugs and procedures.

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Weekly Prospective Care Conferences

Our multidisciplinary team meets weekly to discuss each patient's plan of care and progress.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Surgery

The Brain Tumor Center's team works closely with the Children's Memorial Hermann Neuroscience Center to ensure exceptional care for children with brain tumors.

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Partnership with Referring Physicians

Throughout the evaluation and treatment process, we keep referring physicians informed about patient progress, both in writing and by phone. After a patient's first office visit, these doctors will receive a summary that includes the initial diagnosis, pending tests and treatment options. A second follow-up report details surgical outcomes and post-op therapy.

Neuro Critical Care Unit

Neurointensivists and experienced mid-level practitioners staff our dedicated 28-bed Neuro Critical Care Unit around the clock, seven days a week, to provide ongoing intensive care to critically ill patients. The eICU® Advantage adds an extra layer of assurance for physicians by directly linking patients to an off-site team of specially trained board-certified intensivists and critical care nurses.

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