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Neurosciences: Brain Tumors
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Brain Tumors

A brain tumor diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming. CDH is here to help. The team treats each patient with compassion and understanding–as a person and a patient. The brain tumor specialists on the medical staff of CDH who work in the Neurosciences Institute at Central DuPage Hospital use leading diagnostic tools and therapies as well as advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques.  The specialists treat most types of benign and malignant tumors of the brain, spinal cord and pituitary gland including:

  • Primary brain tumors
  • Cranial nerve and spinal nerve tumors
  • Lymphomas
  • Sellar region tumors
  • Metastatic tumors
  • Other central nervous center tumors including hemangioblastomas

Diagnostic Services

Because brain tumors vary in kind, size, location and response to therapy, an accurate diagnosis is essential to the patient's treatment plan. Sophisticated neurodiagnostic imaging tools aid neurologists and neurosurgeons in identifying the type, extent and shape of the tumor. If a tumor is suspected after conducting a complete medical history and neurological exam, specialists may use the following tools to confirm and complete the diagnosis:

  • Biopsy magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Positron emission tomography (PT)

Innovative Treatments

Numerous brain, spine and pituitary gland tumor patients are treated at CDH every year. Each patient's therapy is designed specifically for his or her condition.  Treatment may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Surgical management and removal of tumors in the brain, spinal cord and pituitary gland
  • Surgical implantation of Gliadel® wafers for slow release of chemotherapy drugs that help destroy brain tumors
  • Awake craniotomy procedure. This technique minimizes injury to surrounding healthy brain tissue while the brain tumor is removed. The patient is alert and responsive throughout surgery. 
  • Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI), imaging of brain and spinal tumors which allows the surgeon to get continuous, real-time views of the brain during surgical procedures.  Intraoperative MRI may reduce the need for additional surgery in some cases.

The Brain Tumor Team

The team of brain tumor specialists on the medical staff at CDH is devoted to providing excellent and compassionate care for every patient. All of these physicians and surgeons are board certified or board eligible.  The multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neurologists
  • Diagnostic Radiologists
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Nurses with certification in neuroscience nursing and advanced life support

How to Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 630-933-4056.