The Neuro-Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center employs an interdisciplinary approach offering comprehensive therapy for patients with primary and metastatic tumors of the brain and spinal cord, as well as neurologic complications of cancer and its treatments.
The Neuro-Oncology interdisciplinary team approach involves physicians and other health care professionals from radiosurgery, nuclear medicine, molecular therapy, pharmacy and chemotherapy, to design a treatment plan specialized to each patient. Our dedicated team works together to determine the best possible treatment for each individual patient. All new patients are seen within one week of referral, and reviewed thereafter by our tumor board. We are also exploring experimental treatments and clinical trials that promise greater efficacy with fewer side effects. It’s a potent combination that’s adding up to a 25% better mortality rate for those with cancers notoriously difficult to beat.
Our combined resources enable patients who are known or suspected to have primary or metastatic tumors of the brain or spine to receive state of the art diagnostic tests and treatments. Our faculty provides access to the most up-todate, "bench-to-bedside" research information. We offer comprehensive consultation services for diagnosis and management of brain and spinal cord tumors, as well as for neurologic complications of cancer and its therapies.
Our interdisciplinary team includes: neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neuro psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, clinical trial coordinators and case managers. A weekly brain tumor conference provides an opportunity for our interdisciplinary team to meet and discuss treatment options for every patient under our care. After evaluation of clinical reports, radiology studies and pathology materials, recommendations are made for therapeutic options for each patient. These may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. This interdisciplinary approach leads to highly coordinated and expert quality individualized patient care.
Moffitt's Neuro-Oncology Program is Florida's only neuro tumor treatment center that is a National Cancer Institute-funded member of the National Institutes of Health-sponsored, "New Approaches to Brain Tumor Therapy (NABTT)."