For patients diagnosed with a brain tumor, surgery is frequently recommended for removal of the tumor and control of pressure-related problems in the brain. The procedure in which a window is made in the skull to allow for the tumor to be removed is called a "craniotomy", and although it has traditionally been a major surgical undertaking, great strides have been made to advance the safety and comfort of patients undergoing this procedure.
A craniotomy is not necessary for all patients with a brain tumor. Many can be treated effectively without this sort of surgical procedure. But for those in whom a craniotomy is the best option, surgery can be a daunting prospect. Continuing advances in surgical techniques, dedicated neuro-anesthesiologists, and specialized neuro-critical care specialists continue to improve the comfort of patients undergoing brain surgery as well as increase the effectiveness of surgery itself.
The brain tumor specialists at Penn State Hershey Medical Center have extensive experience and expertise in treating the most complex types of brain tumors with an approach that combines surgical, medical, and radiation-based treatments in a comprehensive plan individualized for each patient and each specific tumor. Our surgeons employ advanced technology such as minimally invasive surgery, image-guided surgery, and a fully functional MRI which can be used in the operating room to perform imaging during the actual surgery.
Moreover, patients at Penn State Hershey Medical Center can be assured of a comprehensive team approach with a team dedicated to the treatment of brain tumors including surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, endocrinologists, and research specialists all committed to providing care at the cutting edge and beyond.