If you live in Fort Myers or Naples, Florida, and are searching for an experienced surgeon to perform brain tumor surgery, you are welcome to consult with the experts at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Our multispecialty neuro-oncology team provides comprehensive treatments for patients with all types of primary and metastatic brain cancers, including rare and difficult-to-treat tumors.
Before deciding to pursue brain tumor surgery, you are encouraged to seek at least one (and ideally, more than one) second opinion. That’s because the optimal treatment approach for a brain tumor is best determined based on input from several experts. At Moffitt, our collaborative tumor board includes brain cancer specialists who focus their respective practices on a wide variety of disciplines. As a result, our patients automatically benefit from multiple expert opinions. Additionally, all of our team members and services are available in a single location. This can be especially convenient if you are traveling from Fort Myers or Naples, FL, because you won’t have to try to find multiple physicians’ offices and testing centers in an area that you may be unfamiliar with.
At Moffitt, we’ll provide all the information you’ll need to take an active role in your treatment. Should you decide to proceed with brain tumor surgery, you’ll find the latest options in our Neuro-Oncology Program, including robot-assisted procedures and other advanced techniques, such as:
- Stereotactic biopsy – Guided by three-dimensional imaging, a surgeon inserts a thin needle into a brain tumor and draws up a small sampling of tissue for evaluation under a microscope.
- Awake craniotomy – Prior to performing brain tumor surgery, a surgeon uses sophisticated brain-mapping technologies to locate the regions of the brain that control specific functions, such as speech and movement. Then, during the procedure to remove the tumor, the patient remains awake so that the surgeon can continually monitor these critical functions.
- Craniectomy – To address a brain injury that has caused severe swelling or bleeding, a surgeon removes a portion of the skull during brain tumor surgery to reduce pressure on the brain. The skull bone may be restored after the swelling subsides and the patient’s condition stabilizes.
- MRI-guided laser ablative surgery – After creating a small hole in the skull, a surgeon guides a laser fiber toward a small, well-defined area of abnormal brain tissue to heat and destroy it. For enhanced precision, the surgeon can view the entire brain tumor surgery procedure in real time via imaging that displays the distribution of heat.
If you’re considering brain tumor surgery or another treatment option at Moffitt, but the prospect of having to travel from Fort Myers or Naples, FL, is making you hesitate, our supportive care specialists offer many services that can help ease the burdens of being away from home. For instance, we can recommend affordable lodging options through our partner hotels, allowing you and your family to stay close to Moffitt throughout your treatment.