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Brain Cancer

Brain and Spinal Tumor Program

Neurosurgeons in Ochsner’s Brain and Spinal Tumor Program specialize in the treatment of brain cancer, tumors of the spine and peripheral nerves. The goals of our program are:

  1. to provide excellent surgical and postoperative care of patients with primary and metastatic tumors of the brain and spine
  2. to provide our patients with the widest array of adjuvant care when surgery alone is not sufficient
  3. to advance knowledge in the treatment of brain cancer and spinal tumors through clinical and basic science research.

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Unique Patient Benefits

The Brain and Spinal Tumor Program at Ochsner Medical Center provides patients with comprehensive multidisciplinary care. The neurosurgeons work closely with oncologists and radiation oncologists to provide patients with the highest standard of care.

We encourage patients with brain cancer or spinal tumors or their caregivers to call us to make an appointment with our surgeons.


Treatment Options for Brain Cancer

We use many of the latest techniques, including speech and motor mapping to decrease the complications of many surgeries for brain cancer. 

In addition, many tumors can be treated effectively without open surgery. Radiosurgery, also known as stereotactic radiation therapy (SRS), allows for the noninvasive treatment of benign and malignant conditions, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), and some functional disorders. Directed beams of ionizing radiation precisely deliver high-dose radiation to a small field with very little dose delivery to surrounding areas. Radiosurgery allows tumors to be treated in a few visits without injury to normal tissues.

Tumor Types/Cancers Treated

Ochsner’s team of neurosurgeons specializes in the treatment of the following types of tumors:

  • Gliomas
  • Glioblastoma (Grade IV glioma)
  • Anaplastic astrocytoma (Grade III)
  • Low-grade astrocytoma (Grade II)
  • Pilocytic astrocytoma (Grade I)
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Ependymoma
  • Metastatic Brain Tumors
  • Pediatric Brain Tumors
  • Astrocytoma
  • Brainstem glioma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Ependymoma
  • Medulloplastoma
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Meningiomas
  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Chordomas
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • Glommus tumors
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Metastatic spine tumors
  • Spinal cord tumors