Brain & Spine Tumors

Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute

Offering opinions and options

Our Brain & Spine Tumor Committee reviews cases and considers each patient's surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

Safer Surgery for Skull Base Brain Tumors

Saint Luke's neurosurgeons use minimally invasive approaches to treat difficult-to-reach skull base tumors.

A New Option for Brain Tumor Patients

Saint Luke’s was the first in Kansas City to offer NeuroBlate®, a new therapy to treat previously inoperable brain tumors.

The Saint Luke’s Brain & Spine Tumor Program is committed to delivering the most advanced, compassionate, and personalized care from diagnosis and treatment to discharge. Our unique program is supported by Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute and Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute.

Saint Luke’s Brain & Spine Tumor Program offers:

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging—one of the area’s only 3 Tesla (3T) MRIs, which gives surgeons the best picture of both tumor and healthy tissue
  • Innovative surgical treatments, including minimally invasive surgery for skull base tumors and NeuroBlate®, which uses intraoperative MRI and laser to destroy previously inoperable tumors
  • Cutting-edge radiation therapies, like TrueBeam frameless stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Personalized research and clinical trials options—we screen every patient for potential matches
  • Access to a team of experts. Our Brain & Spine Tumor Committee meets weekly to present, discuss, and devise the best treatment plan for each patient
  • Support and wellness services

Collaborative expertise

Our Brain & Spine Tumor Program brings together specialists trained in the latest treatments for intracranial and spinal tumors. The comprehensive team includes one of the region's few neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, rehabilitation physicians, advanced practice nurses, and research nurses.

Our experts have treated hundreds of patients from all over the Kansas City region–cases ranging from routine to complex. This expertise makes all the difference for patients.

Treating brain and spine tumors

Brain tumors are either primary (they began in the brain) or secondary (they began as tumors elsewhere in the body and metastasized or spread to the brain). Spine tumors are less common than brain tumors and typically affect the vertebrae or spinal cord and its coverings.

The most common types of tumors:

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Astrocytomas
  • Gliomas
  • Glioblastomas
  • Lymphomas
  • Medulloblastomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Skull base tumors

Some patients also experience recurrent tumors after previous treatment.

Depending on the tumor type, location, its characteristics, and its grade, our team will recommend a personalized treatment plan, which could consist of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of the three.

Saint Luke's Neurological & Spine Surgery–Plaza
4400 Broadway St, Ste 510
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-932-2705 fax

Saint Luke’s Neurological & Spine Surgery—East
110 NE Saint Luke’s Blvd, Ste 500
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086