Brain and Spinal Cord Cancer Care
Scott & White’s mission of providing personalized, comprehensive care is the foundation for our brain and spinal cord cancer program.
Our team of specialists provides you with the most advanced treatment options available for tumors of the central nervous system, including gliomas, meningiomas, pituitary tumors and more.
Types of Tumors
The medical name for the brain and spinal cord is the central nervous system (CNS). Your skull protects your brain. Your backbone protects your spinal cord. A special liquid called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) surrounds both your brain and spinal cord.
A primary brain tumor is a group of abnormal cells that starts in the brain. Most brain tumors are dangerous because — even though they don’t often spread throughout the body — they can spread in the brain and cause disability. Brain tumors can directly destroy brain cells. They can also damage cells by:
- Producing inflammation
- Placing pressure on other parts of the brain
- Increasing pressure within the brain
A metastic or secondary brain tumor is cancer that started in another part of the body and spread to the brain.
A spinal cord tumor is a group of abnormal cells in or surrounding the spinal cord.
Comprehensive, Personalized Care
The treatment of these sophisticated cancers takes teamwork — the collaboration of a large group of specialists and subspecialists. That's why at Scott & White you'll have an Integrated Care Team dedicated to your care.
As a brain or spinal cord cancer patient, you will benefit from the expertise of neurologists, neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurotologists, neuropsychologists and other specialists from the Scott & White Neuroscience Institute — one of the top neuroscience programs in the nation and a Neuroscience Center of Excellence. These physicians will work in coordination with medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists, among others, as part of your care team.
In collaboration, your Integrated Care Team will meet to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your physician will talk with you about the team’s recommendations. The physician works with you as a partner in your care, so you should have a list of questions ready to help you better understand your options.
Together, you and your physician can then decide which treatment plan is right for you and your quality of life. You’ll receive an individualized treatment plan, customized just for you.
Proven Commitment to Excellence
Scott & White's commitment to excellence in diagnosis, care and treatment is reflected in our ongoing efforts to provide a comprehensive, world-class brain and spinal cord cancer program. For example, we use the most advanced equipment and medical techniques available to treat cancerous and noncancerous tumors. Having invested in the latest technology, we're able to precisely locate, evaluate and then treat your tumor safely and effectively.
- Leading-edge 3.0 Tesla and 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems offer exceptional image quality of your head and neck areas.
- Non-invasive radiation therapy includes the Novalis Tx Radiosurgery Platform, which provides pinpoint accuracy and takes just minutes per treatment.
- Minimally invasive surgical treatments available for some tumor types to minimize patient discomfort and speed the recovery process.
- Convenient regional locations may make it easier for you to receive treatment without giving up an entire day.