More than 25,000 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with cancerous tumors of the brain and spinal cord this year—even though a person’s likelihood of developing this type of tumor in their lifetime is less than 1%. These tumors account for up to 90% of all primary central nervous system tumors, and while this diagnosis is challenging, the UC Brain Tumor Center team offers an array of treatment options.
A common treatment for many types of cancers, along with surgery or chemotherapy, is radiation therapy. The UC Brain Tumor Center is proud to offer all types of radiation therapy, including stereotactic radiotherapy, brachytherapy and proton radiation therapy.
The UC Brain Tumor Center brings together a highly specialized, collaborative team of neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, neuropathologists, nurses and more combined with a wide variety of treatment options, to develop the most fitting and personalized treatment plan for each individual brain tumor patient.
Dr. Luke Pater, radiation oncologist at the UC Brain Tumor Center, administers radiation therapy to patients and plays a big role in his patients’ treatment journey
“Radiation therapy is part of the treatment plan for brain tumor patients, in addition to surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy,” Dr. Pater explained. “It’s unique in that it’s a noninvasive treatment—so there’s no pain associated with the actual delivery [of the radiation].”