If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, we understand that you may be feeling uncertain and scared. That’s why Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital brings together a team of brain tumor experts to support you through every step of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
When it comes to brain cancer treatment, we believe it’s crucial to have a team approach from the very beginning. Our neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists and radiation oncologists collaborate on every aspect of your diagnosis and treatment. We also work closely with your family on treatment decisions, so you’re fully supported throughout your cancer journey.
What types of brain tumors are treated at Lynn Cancer Institute?
Our team treats all types of brain cancer, including primary brain cancers (cancer that starts in the brain) such as glioblastomas and meningiomas. Brain cancers are also sometimes called central nervous system (CNS) tumors.
We also treat metastatic brain cancer, or cancer that spreads to the brain from another part of the body.
In addition to treating brain cancer, our team includes experts from Marcus Neuroscience Institute [Link to: https://www.brrh.com/Services/Marcus-Neuroscience-Institute/Brain-Spine-and-Skull-Base-Tumors.aspx] to treat benign brain tumors and other brain conditions, including:
- Acoustic neuromas
- Pituitary adenomas
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- Trigeminal neuralgia
How do Lynn Cancer Institute experts diagnose brain tumors?
Our team starts every treatment plan with a complete review of your records, including previous tests or imaging. This review includes neuro-radiologists who specialize in reading brain imaging tests. The review may also include neuro-pathologists who specialize in brain tumor biopsies.
Once we review your records, we may have you undergo more tests and imaging. Lynn Cancer Institute has access to the latest 3-Tesla MRI technology, which provides high-resolution images of the brain. These advanced MRIs help pinpoint the tumor location, allowing us to better target the tumor with radiation therapy or surgery.
We may also send a tumor biopsy for molecular testing. Molecular tests can help us narrow down the type of cancer you may have, which allows us to find a more precise and effective treatment.
How does Lynn Cancer Institute treat brain cancer?
At Lynn Cancer Institute, we customize each treatment plan to the patient. Our team will consider your age, overall health, symptoms and quality of life before deciding which approach is right for you. In some cases, that may mean waiting to start treatment or choosing a shorter course of treatment.
Every patient starts the treatment journey at our multimodality clinic. During this visit, you will meet with our entire team of experts to discuss your diagnosis and potential treatment plan. This process allows you to get several expert opinions all in one visit.
This team of experts will also collaborate on your treatment plan. By combining this expertise, we can help provide a more personalized and effective approach to treating your cancer.
When you start treatment, you’ll have access to all of the latest therapy options, including state-of-the-art radiation and radiosurgery treatments.
Options for brain cancer management and treatment may include:
- Surveillance (no immediate treatment, or “watchful waiting”)
- Chemotherapy, including oral or IV chemotherapy
- Radiation therapy, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Tumor treating fields (TTF)
- Cyberknife™ radiosurgery
- Proton therapy
If proton therapy may be a good option for you, we’ll work closely with the team at Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida to coordinate treatment.
Support services are also an essential part of your treatment plan. These services can include:
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy
- Nutrition counseling
- Social work support and counseling
- Exercise and wellness classes, including yoga and Tai Chi
When you come to Lynn Cancer Institute for brain cancer treatment, you can expect:
- A team of experts by your side through every step of your cancer journey.
- The latest technology and treatment options, including state-of-the-art radiation therapy.
- A caring and comprehensive team that listens carefully to your questions, concerns and needs.
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) delivers precise doses of radiation to a specific area of the body or brain, reducing damage to healthy tissue around the tumor. The radiation dose also adjusts based on the shape of the tumor. At Lynn Cancer Institute, we carefully plan every radiation therapy treatment using detailed imaging to make sure the treatment is as accurate and effective as possible.
Brain cancer treatment can cause some neurological changes and fatigue. However, there are many ways to manage these side effects. Our team will work closely with you before, during and after treatment to help you find ways to cope with any changes.
Meet the Team
Our team includes neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists and neuropathologists who specialize in treating brain cancer. We also work closely with social workers, nutritionists, research coordinators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses and other support staff.
Miami Cancer Institute can provide access to clinical trials not widely available elsewhere. Clinical trials find new ways to treat and diagnose cancer and are ongoing. If an appropriate trial is available, we will talk to you about the benefits and risks.