Neurological Cancer Treatment
Under the guidance of Dr. Eric Saint Clair, M.D., Medical Director of the Neuro-Oncology, our physicians and healthcare professionals at Orange Regional Medical Center provide integrated care in our neurological cancer program.
Our patients can feel confident that we have the expertise to deal with a wide variety of primary and metastatic neurological tumors. We have a highly skilled team of physicians including medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists who review our cases in our neurological cancer conferences, and we have the equipment and capability to provide innovative evidence-based care.
Diagnositic Testing and Treatment for Neuro Cancers
At Orange Regional, we have the tools we need to diagnose and treat our patients. Accurate diagnosis helps us plan our treatment approach, and we have the latest MRI, 64-slice CT, and PET/CT scans for imaging, and the ability to do advanced pathologic studies of tumor genetics and molecular markers.
Our neurosurgeons perform complex brain surgeries, including:
Stereotactic Radio Surgery
Our radiation oncologists work with the neurosurgeons, to perform Stereotactic Radio Surgery where a highly targeted beam or radiation is directed to the tumor without open surgery. Patients may also receive other types of radiation treatment to the brain or spine.
If the need for chemotherapy is identified by the medical oncologist, our infusion center can provide the needed care in a warm and welcoming environment. This comprehensive approach to neurological cancer care at Orange Regional Medical Center affords our patients state-of-the-art medical care close to home.
Frameless Stereotactic Microsurgery
This procedure allows for an extremely precise removal of tumors while preserving healthy tissue.
STAR Ablation Procedure
Tumors of the spine can be treated with a variety of techniques including the minimally invasive STAR ablation procedure.
We also have the ability to perform a surgery called kyphoplasty to reinforce a spine which has degenerated due to cancer, reducing pain and improving mobility.
About Neurological Cancer
Neurological cancer typically refers to benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) in the brain or spinal cord. Most of these tumors are cancers that have spread to the brain or spine from other parts of the body. The majority of neurological cancers are malignant, but some are benign tumors.
Some common symptoms a patient with neurological cancer experience, include:
- Trouble speaking
- A change of mood such as depression
- A change in personality
- Weakness or paralysis in part of the body
- Facial paralysis, numbness, or pain
- Changes in vision, hearing, or other senses
Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or medication to prevent swelling and/or seizures, bone marrow transplantation, etc. That said, specific treatment plans for neurological cancer are highly dependent on several factors of the patient’s overall health, age, and medical history; as well as the type, location, and size of the tumor.
Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is less than 1%.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for brain and spinal cord tumors in the United States for 2017 include both adults and children.
- About 23,800 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (13,450 in males and 10,350 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
- About 16,700 people (9,620 males and 7,080 females) will die from brain and spinal cord tumors.
A diagnosis of neurological cancer can be particularly devastating to patients and their families. Having access to high quality, high tech care is critical in treating these cancers. Fortunately, Orange Regional Medical Center can provide patients with cutting-edge technology along with a focus on the needs of the individual patient through all aspects of treatment.
Education and Support
From cancer support groups and screenings to our clinical trials program, we provide comprehensive cancer care. If you or a loved one has cancer, count on Orange Regional’s experienced physicians, compassionate staff and live-saving technologies to fight the battle, together with you.
Our Patient Navigators are specially-trained to help guide and support you and your family through your cancer care treatment and recovery.
We are an active participant in the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS), a data collection and reporting system with near real-time information on cancer patients.
From living with cancer to living beyond it, at Orange Regional, we're proud and committed to offering survivorship services from support groups to rehabilitation.
We're committed to offering the best available survivorship services. This is why we have implemented our comprehensive Cancer Rehabilitation Program.
Cancer Support Groups & Classes
MEET OUR TEAM
- Betty Koshy, Manager, Radiation Oncology
- Regina Toomey Bueno, Oncology Services
- Peter Bezdicek, Esophageal Cancer
- Eric Saint Clair, Neuro-Oncology
- Nader Okby, Tumor Site Development
- Nathaniel Margolis, Breast Center
- Sergey Koyfman, Head & Neck Tumor
- Thomas Eanelli, Radiation Oncology
- Adel Abadir, Interventional Radiology
- Jeffrey Stewart, Medical Director, Cancer Care Program
- Sara Sargente, Head & Neck Cancer Patient Navigator
- Eileen Schmidt, Palliative Care Patient Navigator
- Jayne O’Malley, Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator
- Michele Worden, Breast Cancer Patient Navigator
- Paramjeet Singh, Trauma
- Cleveland Lewis, Lung Cancer
- Hannah Brooks, Breast Specialist