WVU Medicine Neuro-Oncology offers innovative, specialized treatments to patients with primary and secondary tumors of the brain and spine. Brain tumors can be benign, which means there are no cancer cells, or malignant, with cancer cells that grow quickly.
Our faculty use surgical treatments for patients with brain tumors that include the use of computer-guided navigation systems in the operating room. Procedures such as Gamma Knife radiosurgery (a highly precise form of radiation therapy) enable tumor removal through smaller openings while minimizing the irritation of surrounding brain tissue. These techniques have greatly reduced the risk of surgery, improved patient comfort, and frequently shortened hospital stays to less than three days.
Surgical treatments occasionally involve the cooperation of other surgical disciplines, such as otolaryngology, oculoplastics, and plastic surgery when the tumors involve the ears, sinuses, or eyes.