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“Real Life After a Brain Tumor”

Any major surgery is both physically and emotionally challenging. Support for the many challenges associated with brain surgery in particular are varied and include: 

Online support

Local support 

  • VNA, YNHH social workers, dietitians, physical, occupational and speech therapists can be referred directly by a member of the treatment team 
  • Yale University/YNHH Brain Tumor Support Group meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:00AM in the 8th floor Smilow conference room 
  • Cingari Family Boutique & Patient and Family Resource Center - located on the 1st floor of the Smilow Pavilion: books, tapes, pamphlets, schedules for mediation with live groups, Reiki, massage therapy 
  • Multi-denominational Chapel located on the 1st floor of the South Pavilion open at all times 

Personal stories 

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What does the Future Hold??? 

The Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, along with the Yale University School of Medicine, have a collaborative mission to ensure advanced, yet holistic care of the individual cancer patient and their families. 

The central themes of this mission are to provide: 

  • Comprehensive patient-centered care by specialized, dedicated experts 
  • Education and counseling - Community outreach and support groups 
  • Cutting edge research programs and clinical trials as a means of working towards a cure 
  • Precision medicine for personalized care for each individual with unique, state-of-the-art techniques 

Yale brain tumor surgeons are dedicated surgeons who solely focus on the surgical removal of brain tumors. These surgeons have access to unparalleled resources through Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, including hybrid operating rooms with intraoperative MRI and angiography capabilities, which allow surgeons to remove as much tumor as possible while doing so safely. 

Neuroanesthesia and neuromonitoring services are fundamental to the success of brain tumor surgery and are superior at Yale. A dedicated Neurointensive Care Unit with specialized staff provides exceptional care post-operatively for patients undergoing brain tumor surgery. Yale brain tumor surgeons are compassionate physicians who maintain a close working relationship with other physicians practicing in the community and readily accommodate patient referrals and offer second opinions, given their expertise. 

Smilow Cancer Hospital encompasses 14 specialty cancer teams focused on caring for patients with all types of cancers, including brain cancer. One of the Smilow goals for 2015 was to be able to offer enrollment in a clinical trial to a minimum of 900 patients; this number was exceeded and continues to grow every year. 

The Yale Brain Tumor Surgical Program and the Department of Neurosurgery are part of an interdisciplinary team of experts offering highly specialized personalized care for patients with all types of brain tumors, including benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous). Yale is one of the few centers in the world capable of offering personalized oncologic care, referred to as precision medicine, for patients with brain tumors. This involves highly sophisticated genetic testing performed on every brain tumor treated at Yale, with treatments directed at cure. 

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