World-class treatment for brain tumors in Dallas, TX
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 open surgery, minimally invasive skull base surgery techniques, new endoscopic techniques, and completely non-invasive robotic radiosurgery, our multidisciplinary team of physicians will choose the treatment option that delivers the best possible results for you.
To learn more about our neurosurgical services, please call our Brain Tumor Coordinator at 972-566-7411.
Specialized neurosurgical care teams
Medical City Dallas is home to a team of research-driven, fellowship-trained brain surgeons 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 focused on the least amount of brain manipulation and aggressive tumor removal. The minimally invasive techniques of skull base surgery can offer patients a faster recovery time with fewer side effects and less visible scarring.
Medical City Dallas is also home to an advanced Neurosurgical/Neurovascular Intensive Care Unit (NVICU), where dedicated teams of intensive care physicians and nurses monitor patients 24/7. Our nurses and staff are specially trained to care for our neurosurgery patients.
Medical City Dallas’ brain tumor care team includes neuro-certified nurses and expert clinicians, in addition to:
- Skull base otolaryngologists
- Oculoplastic surgeons
- Radiation oncologists
- Advanced practice providers
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:
- 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.
- 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 surrounding brain.
- Immunotherapy: A biological therapy using a person’s own immune system to help fight against disease, such as cancer.
- Leading-edge clinical trials
- 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
Acoustic neuroma, also called vestibular schwannoma, is a non-cancerous tumor that develops on the nerve that leads from the inner ear to the brain. Acoustic neuromas typically grow slowly and expand toward the brain, which is then 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. If left untreated, acoustic neuroma tumors can press on the brainstem and lead to hydrocephalus, a life-threatening condition in which a buildup of fluid increases the pressure inside the skull.
The specialists at Medical City Dallas have extensive expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of acoustic neuroma. They will discuss available treatment options with you and together, you’ll decide on a plan that will be designed to give you the best possible outcome for your specific tumor type:
- Sporadic acoustic neuroma: Comprising 95% of all acoustic neuroma tumors, this is an isolated lesion not associated with another tumor or condition.
- Neurofibromatosis II (NF2): An inherited syndrome characterized by the development of noncancerous tumors on various auditory canal nerves, including the balance nerves on both sides of the head.
Treatment options include regular monitoring, radiation therapy, and surgery to remove the tumor.
To preserve and protect important structures during surgery, including the brain and nerves, our specialists have pioneered techniques to treat acoustic neuroma without using retractors. 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.
Advanced treatment for meningioma
Meningioma is a type of brain tumor that most often develops from the covering of the brain, called the dura mater. Like other brain tumors, meningiomas can press on adjacent brain and spinal cord structures, causing neurologic symptoms including seizures, balance and coordination issues, weakness, and speech problems.
Treatment for meningioma becomes necessary when the tumor:
- Causes the patient to experience symptoms
- Exhibits growth from one imaging study to the next
- Causes irritation to adjacent brain tissue, as seen via imaging
Your physician will discuss available treatment options with you and together, you’ll agree on a plan of action. Surgical resection (open surgery to remove all or part of the tissue) offers the best chance for complete tumor removal and the lowest chance of recurrence. While there are risks and benefits to all treatment options, the specialists at Medical City Dallas have developed minimally invasive methods for meningioma resection that can reduce incision size, bone removal and risk of neurologic injury. This minimally invasive approach helps to preserve brain tissue and may result in faster recovery times and reduced complication rates.
For patients who may not be surgical candidates, our multidisciplinary teams of neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists offer focused-beam radiation, also called stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Unlike more traditional radiation treatments, SRS provides high doses of targeted radiation within the tumor while reducing the amount of radiation directed at surrounding brain tissue.
Advanced treatment for pituitary tumors
The pituitary gland is a kidney-bean-sized structure situated in the center of the skull base, below the brain. Pituitary tumors can interfere with the gland, causing it to produce too much or too little of the hormones that regulate important body functions, including fertility. Because the optic nerves are nearby, pituitary tumors can also affect vision and cause headaches. The wide range of potential disorders caused by pituitary tumors, as well as the large variety of symptoms they can produce (which often mimic those of other conditions), make pituitary tumor evaluation a complex process. An early and precise diagnosis is key to providing the best outcomes.
Medical City Dallas’ brain tumor team offers patients a multidisciplinary approach that provides expertise in all areas related to their complex condition, including endocrinology, ophthalmology and neurosurgery. These experts will work together with you to create a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan for your specific needs.
Pituitary tumors are frequently removed using the endoscopic transnasal transsphenoidal approach. This specialized, minimally invasive technique enables the removal of the tumor with cameras placed through the nose and sinuses with no external incision.
To learn more about treatment options, please call our Brain Tumor Coordinator at 972-566-7411.