Neurosurgery is a field of medicine focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders or injuries that affect the nervous system. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves (such as nerves in the hands or feet) and the extra-cranial cerebrovascular system.
The neurosurgery department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) provides a wide range of state-of-the-art cancer treatment options for:
- Primary brain tumors
- Metastatic brain tumors
- Primary spinal cord or column tumors
- Metastatic spinal tumors
- Tumors near the spinal column or peripheral nerves
- Neurologic problems resulting from other cancers or treatments
A neurosurgeon is a doctor who performs surgical procedures on parts of the nervous system, which starts in the brain, runs through the spine and branches out to all areas of the body. Neurosurgeons treat brain and spinal cord tumors, as well as low back pain, neck pain, epilepsy, stroke, sciatica, herniated discs, pinched nerves and chronic pain. These conditions may manifest in one place but appear in another.
Neurosurgeons at CTCA® provide surgical treatment options to our cancer patients. They use a variety of diagnostic tests, such as angiograms, MRIs and ultrasounds, to help identify the specific nature of neurological conditions, diseases or injuries. The results of these tests may help in planning an appropriate course of treatment. In addition, newer technologies and techniques allow neurosurgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures when possible, using special instruments that access the area of concern through small incisions. Many neurosurgeons also use sophisticated 3D technology to take diagnostic images of the spine or brain for an extra layer of safety and accuracy.
Integrative, personalized care is core to the mission at CTCA. As part of your treatment plan, our neurosurgeons work closely with your medical oncologist and the other members of the care team to create a comprehensive program of care tailored to your needs and goals.