At the Cancer Institute, we use the latest techniques and technology to provide a comprehensive and aggressive treatment plan for the specific type of brain cancer you have. We work to destroy the cancer so you may continue to lead a full life. Here’s what you can expect:
At the Cancer Institute, we develop a comprehensive and customized treatment plan to meet the individual needs of each patient. Treating brain cancer usually requires a combination of different modalities including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and clinical trials.
The first step in brain cancer treatment is for the neurosurgeon to remove as much of the tumor as is safe without affecting normal brain function. We always aim for the most minimally invasive surgical procedure possible.
This noninvasive, FDA-approved therapy slows the growth of brain cancer cells without harming the surrounding healthy tissue. The physician places electrodes on the scalp, connected to a portable electric field generator that delivers low-intensity electric fields, targeted directly at the tumor.
The device must be used for 18 hours per day to see the best results. You can put the generator in a small bag or backpack and use it while you go about your normal activities.
This procedure results in less pain and a faster recovery compared to traditional surgery.
This chemotherapy drug is commonly used to stop or slow cell growth in certain types of brain tumors. It breaks DNA strands inside tumor cells, which slows or prevents their growth. You may experience side effects, such as constipation, nausea, and fatigue. Our team works with you to minimize side effects, while maximizing the effectiveness of the drug.
We use advanced technologies to target the radiation beam directly to a tumor. This approach minimizes overall exposure and results in a more precise treatment and less harm to healthy tissue. The Cancer Institute is the only radiation oncology network accredited in western Pennsylvania by both the American Society for Radiation Oncology and American College of Radiology. These accreditations mean that our facilities meet specific guidelines for patient safety, quality control, and equipment performance.
Our radiation therapies all use advanced imaging to optimize the radiation dose and precisely target radiation beams to the tumor. Types of radiation therapies include:
We also pioneered an advanced radiation therapy technique here at AHN, called stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). It has dramatically improved our ability to control the growth of tumors. This method delivers high, effective doses of radiation in as few as five treatments.
You have access to a variety of promising clinical trials right here. Clinical trials are studies designed to test the newest approaches to care. You may not have to travel for additional treatment options. Learn more about our clinical trials program.
We offer a wide range of rehabilitation options that will help you lead an active, full life after brain cancer treatment. Visit one of our 10 convenient locations. You can also request a home visit from a rehabilitation therapist through our Healthcare@Home service. Learn more about our rehabilitation program. Our services include:
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