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
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 only 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:
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.