What is neurosurgery?
Our Neurosurgery Program includes a full range of options for neurological cancers, including primary and metastatic brain and spinal cancers, tumors near the spinal column or peripheral nerves, and neurologic problems resulting from other cancers or treatments. Some treatments we offer include: traditional surgical approaches (e.g., resection of the tumor), radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or immunotherapies.
In addition, patients face unique challenges associated with the direct effects of the tumor, treatments for the disease, and the resulting cognitive, emotional and physical side effects. The program provides integrated care to help you manage the challenges that arise during your treatment so you can fight the disease and maintain your quality of life.
Neurosurgery for metastatic melanoma to the brain
If you have melanoma that has spread to the brain or spinal cord, it’s important to be seen by an integrated team of physicians with expertise in performing cancer-related surgical procedures on the nervous system and its supporting structures.
Brain surgery and spinal surgery typically focuses on removing the tumor in its entirety. We use some of the most sophisticated tools for intraoperative electrophysiology "brain mapping" and intraoperative neuronavigation. Both tools help enhance the safety of brain tumor treatment.
Preserving mobility & controlling pain
Neurological cancers in the brain and spine, or neurological problems caused by other cancers, can present unique challenges compared to other types of cancer.
For example, spinal cord compression can cause pain and make it difficult to walk or move the legs. Neurological dysfunction can also interfere with your ability to communicate with others and cause depression.
We recognize the importance of helping you control pain and maintain your mobility so you can follow your treatment regimen without complications like pneumonia, other infections or even paralysis.
Here, you’ll receive integrated care that addresses all the possible conditions and challenges that are unique to your situation. With therapies like surgery and radiation, the neurosurgical team can alleviate pain and help you maintain your mobility, which can mean anything from daily walks to just being able to use the bathroom or get out of bed.
In addition to delivering advanced technology for brain and spinal cancer, your care team will also provide the other essential components of care, including nutritional, physical and emotional support.
Our neurosurgery team
For patients with metastatic cancer to the brain, it’s important to be seen by an integrated team of physicians with expertise in performing cancer-related surgical procedures on the nervous system and its supporting structures.
At CTCA, our expert neurosurgeons work together with the rest of your care team to understand your individual needs and provide advanced, fully integrated treatments. Dr. Eric St. Clair serves as the Director of Neurosurgery at our Philadelphia hospital, Dr. Clinton Baird is the Director of Neurosurgery at our Tulsa hospital, and Dr. Juan Alzate is a neurosurgeon at our Chicago-area hospital.
Learn about our neurosurgery programs at our hospitals in Philadelphia, Tulsa and suburban Chicago.