At Baptist Health South Florida, our neuro-oncology program involves close collaboration between Miami Neuroscience Institute and Miami Cancer Institute. With every neurological specialty available under one roof, our neuro-oncology patients have easy access to the most advanced diagnostic tools and treatments.
Our neuro-oncology team cares for patients with central nervous system (CNS) tumors, which are tumors of the brain, spine and meninges. We provide a wide range of treatment options, including the most advanced radiation therapies, immunotherapy and surgical techniques. With a strong focus on research, our patients also have access to the latest clinical trials and new treatment combinations.
Which neuro-oncology conditions do you treat at Baptist Health South Florida?
At Baptist Health South Florida, we treat both primary and secondary, or metastatic, tumors in the central nervous system. These includes brain cancer, spinal cord cancer and other CNS cancers, such as:
- Central nervous system lymphoma
How do you diagnose neuro-oncology conditions?
Our team uses sophisticated diagnostic testing and imaging to determine whether you have a CNS tumor. With Miami Neuroscience Institute as a pillar in our neuro-oncology care, patients have access to the most advanced imaging technology available today, including:
- CT scan
- MR spectroscopy
- Interoperative MRI (iMRI)
- Interoperative CT (iCT)
Miami Neuroscience Institute is also involved in many translational research studies that look at imaging procedures and how we can better diagnose tumors to determine the best treatment option.
Which neuro-oncology treatments are available at Baptist Health South Florida?
Our treatment approach involves collaboration between specialists in neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, interventional oncology and neurosurgery. Each patient receives a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to his or her specific tumor type.
Neuro-oncology treatments can include:
- Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT)
- Radiation therapy
- Proton therapy
- Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
- CyberKnife Radiosurgery
- Involved-field radiation (IFRT)
- Targeted therapy
- Interventional oncology
Through our collaboration with Miami Cancer Institute, neuro-oncology patients also have access to clinical trials for new therapies or new combination treatments.
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If you or a loved one comes to Baptist Health South Florida for neuro-oncology services, you can expect:
- A collaborative team approach to your care, with specialists from Miami Cancer Institute and Miami Neuroscience Institute working together to provide the best possible treatment.
- Access to every type of treatment and diagnostic service all under one roof.
- A team that is focused on translational and clinical research, which aims to improve neuro-oncology diagnoses, treatment and outcomes.
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Our neuro-oncology team takes a holistic approach to patient care, which means we incorporate complementary medicine into each treatment plan. Complementary medicine techniques can include:
- Yoga and meditation
- Massage and osteopathy
- Diets and nutrition counseling
- Qigong and Reiki
Baptist Health South Florida provides comprehensive neuro-oncology care all under one roof. Our neuro-oncology patients have access to a rehabilitation team that specializes in brain tumor recovery. We also provide psychology and psychiatry services that are tailored for brain tumor patients.