Brain and Central Nervous System Cancers

Thanks to the partnership with the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, members of our care team are also part of the University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program, which continues to be a national leader in the field of neuro-oncology by combining the principles of outstanding clinical care and education with leading-edge research.
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If your physician has diagnosed you with brain cancer or cancer of your central nervous system, it means that a tumor has been found in either your brain or spine or your spinal cord. In these areas of the body, physicians typically refer to any abnormal growths as tumors and treat them seriously, as their growth can cause damage whether or not they are cancerous (malignant).

Our Approach

The neuro-oncology team with M Health Fairview Cancer Care is made up of experts in the diagnosis and treatment of brain and central nervous system tumors. Our care team is also specially trained to treat metastatic tumors that have started in other parts of your body and traveled to the brain or spinal cord. In addition, they are skilled in treating genetic tumor syndromes like neurofibromatosis.

Through clinical trials in partnership with Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, we are exploring ways to deliver novel medications, including chemotherapy, but also immunotherapy and other advanced treatments.

University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program

Thanks to our partnership with the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, members of our care team are also part of the University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program, which continues to be a national leader in the field of neuro-oncology by combining the principles of outstanding clinical care and education with leading-edge research. The program allows scientists and doctors to partner more closely and bring discoveries from the laboratory to patients, allowing for the discovery of more effective therapies for central nervous system (CNS) tumors. This approach is made possible by the collaboration of strong, multidisciplinary teams who work towards a common goal: curing brain, spine, and pain tumors using safer and more effective therapies.


Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells, and treat other non-cancerous conditions. Several types of radiation therapy is often used to limit radiation exposure as much as possible while still delivering the optimal outcomes for patients.
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TomoTherapy

TomoTherapy is a specialized form of radiation delivery that combines radiation therapy with 3D imaging to create more precise targeting of tumors. It works by delivering radiation beams from multiple directions allowing the radiation to match the exact shape of the tumor.
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Genomic Profiling

During the course of your cancer diagnosis and treatment, your physician may order next-generation DNA sequencing. No two cancers are the same. Next-generation DNA sequencing is a test your physician may use to better understand the unique molecular composition of your cancer.
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Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is an emerging form of cancer treatment with great promise and limited toxicity. Its goal is to harness the power of the patient’s immune system and use it to fight cancer. Sometimes called biological therapy, it's changing the way we think about cancer treatment.
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Cellular Therapies

Cellular therapies supplement the immune system’s natural ability to fight cancer in several ways. Some cellular therapies modify immune cells (certain T-lymphocytes, for example) to target and destroy cancer cells.
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Gamma Knife® Icon™

Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a pain- and incision-free treatment system that gives doctors additional options to destroy challenging tumors while preserving important surrounding tissues that could impact quality of life.
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Social Work Services for Cancer Patients

M Health Fairview offers Social Work Services for Cancer Patients, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Radiation Therapy
  • Medical Management
  • Radiosurgery (Stereotactic, Tomotherapy, Gamma Knife)
  • Real-Time MRI Guided Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery