The Valley Hospital’s Blumenthal Cancer Center has established The Institute for Brain and Spine Radiosurgery for patients with malignant and benign conditions of the brain and spinal cord.
Anthony L. D'Ambrosio, M.D.
Director, Neuro-Oncology Disease Management Team
Although treating neurological malignancies is not new to the Blumenthal Cancer Center, the formation of The Institute for Brain and Spine Radiosurgery means patients will benefit more than ever before from a multidisciplinary approach that integrates the skills and expertise of many different specialists. The physicians, surgeons, and other professionals who comprise our team have many years of experience in treating these malignancies and are engaged in cutting-edge research to expand treatment options and improve patients’ quality of life during and after treatment.
Our team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, neuro-radiologists, a neuro-psychologist and a highly skilled nursing team.
Paradigm Shift in the Treatment of
Whole brain radiation therapy has been used for some time as a treatment for brain metastases; however, new evidence suggests that this approach can result in an impairment of the overall neurocognitive function of patients following treatment. Stereotactic radiosurgery, which uses precisely targeted beams of radiation to treat individual tumors, most often in a single session, is a superior approach for select patients.
Through the recent formation of The Institute for Brain and Spine Radiosurgery at The Blumenthal Cancer Center, patients benefit from a multidisciplinary approach that integrates the skills and expertise of many different specialists who utilize the latest evidence-based stereotactic radiosurgical techniques.
The Institute for Brain and Spine Radiosurgery includes:
Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation: Each patient will receive a comprehensive evaluation including neurocognitive evaluation, neurosurgical consult and radiation oncology consult all in a single visit.
Collaboration: At the conclusion of the visit a comprehensive report and care plan will be generated and communicated to the patient’s referring physician. Referring physicians remain the patient’s primary doctor, and treatment for the brain or spine is coordinated around other ongoing treatments with the referring physician’s choice of other specialists.
State-of-the-Art Technology: The goal of the Institute is to treat malignant and benign diseases of the brain and spine in such a way that minimizes neurocognitive deficits while maximizing the patient's quality of life. The Institute is currently using the Gamma Knife Perfexion radiosurgery system to treat appropriate brain metastases and TomoTherapy HiArt system to treat larger brain and spine lesions. Malignant, as well as benign diseases of the brain are treated at our Gamma Knife Center.
Access: We strive to make accessing our services an efficient, streamlined process. We achieve this through a single access telephone number (listed below) staffed by caring and well trained individuals.
For more information, please call 201-634-5585.