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Neurosurgery – Brain Tumors

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center treats malignant and benign brain tumors with a multidisciplinary team approach using advanced technologies and techniques.

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Brain Tumor Care

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, you need a skilled, compassionate team experienced in the latest, safest and most effective treatments. You’ve found one at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. We provide expert, leading-edge care to adult patients with brain tumors and neurological complications of cancer.

Whether cancerous or noncancerous, brain tumors can threaten life and quality of life. Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, attending physicians, nurse practitioners, neuro-oncology fellows, clinical social workers and researchers work together to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient and achieve the best results.

Advanced technology in skilled and compassionate hands

Though surgery is often necessary to remove a brain tumor, relieve pressure in the brain and learn more about the tumor, modern advances have made surgery and treatment much safer and more effective. In many cases, minimally invasive techniques can be used to reach the tumor, such as endoscopic skull base surgery using a thin tube with a camera attached (endoscope). Radiosurgery using the Leksell Gamma Knife Icon may also be an option.

If a craniotomy (opening part of the skull to get to the tumor) is necessary, our surgeons are highly experienced and will keep you as safe and comfortable as possible throughout the procedure and afterward. We can also use advanced technology to help preserve areas of the brain that are vital to functioning. For example:

  • Functional brain mapping: Measuring and tracking brain activity by detecting areas of increased blood flow. One way to do this is using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
  • Image-guided surgery: Using cameras or advanced imaging techniques during surgery to guide the surgeon to the tumor and away from critical areas in the brain.

Neuro-oncology program

Quick links

  • View a list of current brain tumor clinical trials on Studyfinder

Conditions treated

Treatments offered

  • Surgery
    • Awake Functional Mapping
    • Minimally Invasive Techniques
    • Advanced Neuroimaging
    • Endoscopic Endonasal Approaches
  • Chemotherapy
  • Intrathecal (IT) Chemotherapy
  • Optune® – Tumor Treating Fields
  • Radiation
  • Gamma Knife
  • Laser Ablation
  • Vaccine and Immunotherapy
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