The Division of Neuro-Oncology, as part of Yale Brain Tumor Center, puts together all of the components critical to managing patients with primary brain tumors, metastases, and neurologic complications of cancer: comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, leading edge treatment options, thorough follow-up and psychosocial support. Patients are welcome whether they are newly diagnosed or have already received extensive treatment.
The most common disorders treated by our division are:
Primary Nervous System Tumors
- Neuroepithelial Tumors (astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, glioblastoma multiforme, medulloblastoma etc.)
- Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
- Nerve Sheath Tumors (Schwannoma, Neurofibroma)
- Germ Cell Tumors
- Pituitary Region Tumors (Pituitary Adenoma, Craniopharyngeoma)
Nervous System Metastases
- Metastases of Brain, Spinal Cord
- Meningeal Metastases (‘meningeal carcinomatosis’)
- Epidural Metasases, Spinal Cord Compression
Neurologic Complications of Cancer
- Complications of Cancer Therapy (for example, chemotherapy-related neuropathies)
- Cancer-related Seizures
- Paraneoplastic Syndromes including (for example, myasthenia gravis, limbic encephalitis)
- Opportunistic Infections
- Stroke in Cancer Patients
Yale Brain Tumor Center is a multidisciplinary disease unit at Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Hospital comprised of five neurosurgeons, two medical neuro-oncologists, three radiation oncologists, two neuropathologists, two neuroradiologists, a clinical coordinator, physician assistants, social worker, nurses, and clinical research staff. Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center is accredited by the National Cancer Institute. Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Hospital is a newly built state-of-the-art 14 story facility offering 168 inpatient beds, 12 operating rooms, radiology services, doctors’ offices and outpatient infusion suites dedicated to the care of cancer patients. Yale Brain Tumor Center is a member of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group.
Calls from referring physicians, patients or their families are handled by an experienced clinical care coordinator. The coordinator ensures that appropriate appointments are made quickly. New patients with brain tumors are usually seen within a couple of days. The care coordinator also acts as the patient’s interface with the various medical specialists who are called into play in each treatment plan.