Advanced Diagnosis & Treatment for Brain Tumors

The Brain Tumor Center at Mischer Neuroscience Institute specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the brain and spine. Our fellowship-trained team of neurological specialists are dedicated to combining their clinical expertise and the latest technology with compassionate care to bring hope for patients who face the challenges of life after a brain tumor or spine tumor diagnosis.

The medical team at the Brain Tumor Center includes specialists from multiple disciplines – including oncology, neurology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology and genetic counseling.

This team-based, multidisciplinary approach means that each of our patients benefits from a broad range of expertise, the newest therapies, access to groundbreaking clinical trials and the highest quality services and outcomes across the continuum of care. We provide a comprehensive range of treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Brain Tumor Types

The medical team at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute is highly skilled in treating a wide range of primary and metastatic tumors, from simple to the most complex of cases, including:

How Are Brain Tumors Diagnosed?

Diagnosis of a brain tumor typically begins with a neurological examination. A review of the patient's medical history and a physical exam is performed when a patient complains of symptoms that suggest a brain tumor. The neurological exam is also performed which includes examination of eye movements, hearing, muscle movement, balance, coordination, sense of smell, etc.

Brain Imaging & Tumor Biopsies

Once initial evaluations are completed, patients may undergo neuroimaging such as an MRI, CT and/or PET scan. Your neurologist may also suggest a biopsy in which a small sample of tissue is surgically removed from the suspected tumor and examined under a microscope for malignance. The results of the biopsy also provide information on the brain tumor cancer cell type.

Diagnostic Tools

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

  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)
  • Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Selective cerebral angiography with pre-op tumor embolization
  • Frameless stereotactic navigation
  • Gamma Knife
  • Intracavitary chemotherapy
  • Intraoperative neurophysiology
  • Intraoperative ultrasound guidance
  • Microneurosurgical techniques
  • Tumor resection with motor and/or language mapping

Innovative Treatment Options for Brain Tumors

In 1993, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute acquired the region’s first Leksell Gamma Knife®, a stereotactic radiosurgery instrument that resolves brain tumors and other neurological disorders without a traditional “open” surgery. To date, our team has treated more than 3,500 patients using the next generation of this ground-breaking, minimally invasive tool called the Gamma Knife® Perfexion.

Other novel technologies available at the Brain Tumor Center include diffusion tensor imaging, which is an exciting new way to map major brain connection pathways in conjunction with functional MRI and MEG imaging tests.

The neurosurgical team has extensive experience and routinely employs the most innovative procedures to diagnose and treat brain tumors, including:

  • Motor and language mapping
  • Functional imaging techniques for localizing sensitive brain regions
  • Awake craniotomies under local anesthesia
  • Laser ablation
  • Placement of intracavitary chemotherapy for high-grade tumors
  • Minimally invasive surgical procedures such as neuroendoscopy
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery

Pediatric Brain Tumor Treatment

Brain tumors in children are often very different from those in adults, in cell type, presentation and responsiveness to treatment. Because a child’s brain is still developing, it is important for a child or adolescent to receive diagnosis and treatment from a physician team specializing in pediatric brain tumors. The Brain Tumor Center’s team works closely with the Children’s Memorial Hermann Neuroscience Center to ensure exceptional care for children with brain tumors.

Learn more about our Pediatric Brain Tumor Program »

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