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Diagnosis and Treatment

We provide extensive therapeutic options to precisely deliver radiation to brain tumors while sparing surrounding tissue. Such techniques and devices include but are not limited to linear accelerator-based radiosurgery, intensity modulated radiation therapy, and fractionated stereotactic treatments.

Our physicians pioneered a focused therapy method in the treatment of metastatic brain disease that usually spares patients from potentially debilitating effects of radiation of the whole brain.

Our neurosurgeons and other members of the neuro-oncology team actively participate in multiple oncology studies evaluating new therapeutic regimens.

Tumors we treat:

  • Primary brain tumors
  • Metastatic brain tumors
  • Spinal tumors
  • Pituitary brain tumors
  • Skull base tumors
  • Pediatric tumors


Treatment for brain tumors can include:


  • Frameless stereotactic navigation
  • Multiple skull-base techniques
  • Neuro-endoscopy


  • Intensity modulated radiotherapy
  • 3-D conformal dose planning
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery



Both oral and traditional intravenous chemotherapy is administered by our dedicated neuro-oncology physician, Laura Kunschner, MD. Evolving treatment protocols are adjusted and updated regularly to improve therapies, as advances are made in the field of neuro-oncology. Education of patients and families is a high priority. Experimental clinical trials are at times recommended depending on a particular clinical situation and are an exciting option for some patients. Assistance with third-party insurance carriers in coordinating chemotherapy treatments is provided. End-of-life care and careful involvement with hospice providers is also a focus.

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