World-class treatment for brain tumors and acoustic neuroma in Dallas, TX
Medical City Dallas’ brain tumor care team includes leading neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurotologists and radiation oncologists, as well as neuro-certified nurses and expert clinicians. At Medical City Dallas, patients with challenging neurological conditions, such as complex or difficult-to-access brain tumors, receive personalized, innovative, patient-centered care and advanced treatments delivered through leading-edge technology.
With a comprehensive range of treatment options, including traditional surgery, minimally invasive skull base surgery and endoscopy, and completely non-invasive robotic radiosurgery, our multidisciplinary teams of physicians and specialists will always choose the least-invasive treatment options to offer the best possible results while minimizing trauma and bone deformities.
Medical City Dallas is home to an advanced Neurosurgical/Neurovascular Intensive Care Unit (NVICU), where dedicated teams of intensive care physicians and nurses monitor patients 24/7. All of our nurses and staff are specially trained to care for our neurosurgery patients.
Brain tumors we treat
We treat all types of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) brain tumors and related neurological conditions at Medical City Dallas, including:
- Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)
- Basilar invagination
- Brainstem tumor
- Cavernous hemangioma
- Cavernous neuralgia
- Cerebral tumor
- Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak
- Chiari malformation
- Colloid cyst
- Dermoid tumor
- Epidermoid tumor
- Facial hemispasm
- Fibrous dysplasia
- Giant cell tumor
- Glomus jugulare
- Lower cranial nerve schwannoma
- Metastatic brain tumors
- Nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
- Olfactory neuroblastoma (esthesioneuroblastoma)
- Orbital tumor
- Paranasal sinus cancer
- Petrous apex lesions
- Pineal tumor
- Pituitary tumor
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Rathke’s cleft cyst
Brain tumor treatment options
Medical City Dallas’ nationally recognized brain tumor specialists use in-depth assessment and diagnostic tools to ensure that every treatment option is considered and fully explained to you. Among the wide range of treatment options available, one or more of these may be part of your personalized plan:
- CyberKnife® M6™ System: A technologically advanced nonsurgical treatment option that may benefit patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors or those who desire an alternative to surgery.
- Fluorescence-guided imaging: An imaging process that uses special fluorescent markers (such as 5-ALA) to help precisely identify the borders of a tumor. This procedure can aid in full removal of the tumor while minimizing risk to the brain.
- Immunotherapy: A biological therapy using a person’s own immune system to help fight against disease, such as cancer.
- Intraoperative MRI: A specialized, intraoperative MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) helps track progress during surgery.
- Leading-edge clinical trials
- Minimally invasive brain tumor surgery: Including endoscopic techniques that capture detailed images of the brain and allow surgeons to detect and correct problems without making large incisions.
- Proton therapy: Targeted brain tumor radiation offering more powerful treatment capabilities with fewer side effects.
- Targeted chemotherapy for brain cancer.
Advanced treatment for acoustic neuroma
Medical City Dallas is home to a team of research-driven, fellowship-trained skull base neurosurgeons and neurotologists with more than 30 years of experience in skull base surgeries and more than 1,000 surgeries performed. Skull base surgeons provide patients with a wide array of therapeutic and surgical options with the least amount of brain manipulation. The minimally invasive techniques of skull base surgery can offer patients a faster recovery time with fewer side effects and less visible scarring.
Acoustic neuroma, also called vestibular schwannoma, is a non-cancerous tumor that develops on the main nerve that leads from the inner ear to the brain. Acoustic neuroma typically grows slowly, but it expands inward, toward the brain, which is soft and easily compressed. When this happens, pressure from the tumor may cause facial numbness or paralysis, as well as problems with hearing, balance, speech, swallowing and more.
To preserve and protect important structures in this area, including the brain and nerves, our specialists have pioneered techniques to treat acoustic neuroma without using retractors during surgery. This can help to preserve facial nerve function, hearing and eyesight while minimizing risk of injury to the brain.
In the video below, Paula Mata Pieters shares how pregnancy hormones accelerated the growth of her tumor and how acoustic neuroma surgery restored her lost eyesight.