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Cancer of the Brain and Spine

Memorial Hermann Cancer Center provides advance treatment for patients with central nervous system cancer.

Affiliated physicians with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, specially trained staff, and nurses offer leading cancer care personalized to meet the specific needs of each patient with:

Diagnosis and Testing of Central Nervous System Cancer

The technologically advanced instrumentation available at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center allows for the diagnosis and removal of difficult tumors:

  • Gamma Knife® Perfexion
  • Frameless stereotactic navigation
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)
  • Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Tumor resection with motor and/or language mapping
 
  • Intracavitary chemotherapy
  • Intraoperative neurophysiology
  • Intraoperative ultrasound guidance
  • Microneurosurgical techniques
  • Selective cerebral angiography with preoperative tumor embolization
  • Computed tomography (CT)

Treatment for Central Nervous System Cancer

We use the most advanced technology to help our patients fight cancer, including:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy 

We use the most advanced technology to help patients fight cancer with less scarring, shorter recovery times and a quicker return to productivity. Our technologies include:

  • Gamma Knife Perfexion
  • Trilogy Tx™ Linear Accelerator
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy
  • Image-guided radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy

We offer 3-D treatment planning in which CT simulation leverages CT technology to provide the most accurate, highly conformal treatment planning for patients undergoing radiation therapy. The accuracy of the system ensures that radiation is targeted with the highest level of precision, ensuring delivery directly to the tumor and reducing exposure to normal tissue.

Neuroscience Critical Care Unit in the Texas Medical Center

Neurointensivists and experienced mid-level practitioners staff our dedicated 32-bed Neuroscience Critical Care Unit. Together with our state-of-the-art equipment and technology, they provide ongoing intensive care to patients following brain and spine surgery.