Neuro-Oncology in Tucson AZ
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer of the brain or nervous system, you need the best possible care. That’s what you’ll find at Radiant Oncology in Tucson, AZ. Our experienced physicians use the most powerful, advanced technologies available to combat tumors in both adults and children. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible treatment and support so that you can focus on what’s most important–getting well.
Coordinated Care Offering the Most Advanced Treatments
Neuro-Oncology is the multidisciplinary specialty focused on diagnosing and treating patients with primary brain tumors, secondary brain metastases, and cancer that has spread to the nervous system from elsewhere in the body. Our neuro-oncologist works in conjunction with our team of board-certified specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology, neurosurgery, and neurology to provide the most comprehensive care possible.
Tumors affecting the nervous system can arise from the brain or spinal cord, or they can develop elsewhere in the body and spread to the brain or spinal cord. Each type of tumor requires a different approach to treatment.
We understand that a brain tumor diagnosis can be overwhelming, and our goal is to provide each patient with the support and resources they need to navigate their journey. Our neuro-oncologists are dedicated to providing the most advanced and compassionate care possible.
Types of Brain Tumors
There are many different types of brain tumors, which can be broadly classified into two categories:
- Primary brain tumors originate in the brain and are classified according to the type of tissue in which they form. The most common primary brain tumors are gliomas, which arise from glial cells, and meningiomas, which develop in the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Treatment options typically involve multiple modalities, including surgical resection, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
- A metastatic tumor is a cancerous tumor that has spread to the brain from elsewhere in the body. The most common cancers that spread to the brain are lung cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer.
Common Symptoms of Brain Tumors
Brain tumors can cause a wide range of symptoms, depending on the size and location of the tumor. Symptoms may develop slowly or quickly and can worsen over time. The most common symptom of a brain tumor is headache. Other common symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Problems with balance or walking
- Changes in vision
- Changes in hearing
- Changes in behavior or personality
- Memory problems
- Seizures (convulsions)
Our experts will order either an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or a CT (computed tomography) scan if they suspect a brain tumor. These tests create detailed images of the inside of your body and can help our team determine the size, shape, and location of any tumors. Once a diagnosis is made, our team will develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient.
Personalized Treatment Planning
We believe every patient is unique and deserves a personalized treatment plan. New patients will receive a comprehensive evaluation by our team of specialists.Our neuro-oncologist takes into account the type and stage of the tumor, your overall health and medical history, and your personal preferences to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. In addition, our neurosurgeons are experts in performing complex brain surgeries, and our radiation oncologists are experienced in using the latest technologies to deliver precise, targeted radiation
Radiant Oncology is home to the only neuro-oncology program in Southern Arizona. Our team of experts offers comprehensive, leading-edge care for patients with brain and spinal tumors. We offer a full range of services, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. Treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.
Initial treatment for most brain tumors will be surgery. The type of surgery performed will depend on the type and location of the tumor. In some cases, a craniotomy may be performed. This is a procedure in which a portion of the skull is removed to access the brain. Surgery may also be used to biopsy the tumor or to remove as much of the tumor as possible.
Combined with our neuro-oncologist and radiation oncologist team, we offer the most comprehensive radiation therapy program in Southern Arizona. We use leading technology and techniques to deliver precise, targeted radiation therapy while minimizing side effects.
Brain Tumor Center
A team approach to neuro-oncology
Radiant Oncology brain tumor center focuses on diagnosing and treating brain and spinal cord tumors. In conjunction with surgery and radiation, our use of medical therapy offers patients the best chance for a cure.
Our center is staffed by a team of specialists that includes neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology, neuropathology, and neuroradiology. This team approach to care ensures that each patient receives comprehensive and coordinated treatment.
Our multidisciplinary brain tumor center team has weekly meetings to discuss and review each patient’s case. This allows us to develop the most comprehensive and individualized treatment plan possible.
We work with each patient and their family to help them fully understand the risks and benefits of each treatment option and make the best decision for their individual situation.
Leading Brain Cancer Treatments and Clinical Trials
Radiant Oncology is a leader in the treatment of brain tumors. We offer the latest treatments and technologies, as well as access to clinical trials. Through these comprehensive research efforts, we are able to offer our patients the most advanced and effective treatments available. We also offer access to clinical trials for those who may be eligible.
Support for the Challenges Cancer Creates
Cancer is more than just a disease. It’s a journey that can be physically and emotionally challenging for patients and their families. We understand the challenges cancer creates and are here to support you every step of the way.
From the moment you walk through our doors, you’ll be welcomed by our compassionate and caring staff. We offer a variety of support services to help you and your family through this difficult time.
We’ll help you navigate obstacles that may arise during your treatment and provide resources to help you cope with the physical, emotional, and financial challenges of cancer. No matter what challenges you face, we are here to support you on your journey.
Make an Appointment
We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. We are here to help you and your family every step of the way. To make an appointment with one of our specialists, please complete our contact form. Our team will get in touch with you to schedule an appointment.
Dedicated to Providing the Best Possible Care
We understand that brain cancer treatment can be a very difficult journey for patients and their families. We strive to provide the best possible care for our patients while also offering support and resources to help them through this difficult time.
Successful brain tumor care depends on a team of specialists working together to provide the most comprehensive treatment possible. At our center, we have a team of experienced neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology, and neurology specialists who specialize in diagnosing and treating brain and spinal cord tumors.
Our interdisciplinary team conducts weekly meetings to review each patient’s case and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. We believe that this approach provides the best possible care for our patients and offers them the best chance for a successful outcome.
Why Choose Radiant Oncology?
From the rarest conditions to the most common neurological disorders, our specialists provide world-class care. Our team has vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors.
Sparing healthy tissue and minimizing side effects are the hallmarks of our approach to brain tumor surgery. We offer both traditional and minimally invasive brain surgery techniques.
A Multidisciplinary Approach
Our neurosurgeons work side by side with our medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other cancer specialists. This team approach provides patients with comprehensive care and the best possible outcomes.
A Commitment to Clinical Trials
Our highly-trained specialists are constantly exploring new ways to improve patient outcomes. We offer many clinical trials for brain tumor patients, giving them access to the latest advances in treatment.
Experts When You Need Answers
Whether you’re facing a new diagnosis or seeking a second opinion, the expert team at our brain tumor center in Tucson is here to provide you with answers. Our team of specialists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based on the latest research and your individual needs.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and providing the care and support you need.