Brain and Spine Tumors

The management of brain tumors of various types continues to evolve rapidly, driven by technical and scientific advances. Being diagnosed with a brain tumor can be frightening, but often the treatment is much less complicated or risky than patients might suspect. In fact, in many cases, no treatment is necessary at all. In many other cases, surgery can be avoided all together. And in yet others where surgery is necessary, scientific advances allow for minimally invasive and very safe surgery to be performed.
The comprehensive neuro-oncology group at Penn State Hershey functions as a team to provide each patient with direction as to the best overall management of his or her problem, whether medical, surgical, radiation, or a combination of therapies. Specialists from neurosurgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, neuropsychology, endocrinology, and neuroradiology jointly review tumor cases in a multidisciplinary conference and function as the neuro-oncology unit for the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.

Using advanced surgical and radiation delivery technology in combination with a progressive, multidisciplinary team approach, the neuro-oncology team at Penn State Hershey is able to deliver patient care that is second to none. Being diagnosed with a brain tumor may be a big deal, but getting the right care doesn't have to be.

Every specialist on our neuro-oncology team has been included in Best Doctors® in America, so you're in good hands.

To schedule a visit, please call 717-531-3828 or Toll-Free 800-243-1455.

To schedule a visit for Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery at Wyoming Valley, please call 570-706-2620.

To schedule a visit for Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery at State College, please call 814-865-3566

Hospital Admissions and Billing

While you are a patient at Penn State Hershey, we want to do everything possible to make your surgery and stay convenient and comfortable. If you are scheduled for admission to our hospital, you may want to review the following list of questions about our admissions and billing procedures before you arrive. 

Patients are pre-admitted by their surgical coordinator at the outpatient clinic. The coordinator is responsible for obtaining your financial information and scheduling your admission time to Penn State Hershey. He or she can also answer any questions you have about insurance. Additionally, your physician may request some tests to be done before you are admitted. The surgical coordinator or your doctor’s office will arrange for an appointment to have the tests completed on an outpatient basis. 

On the day you are scheduled for admission, you will check-in at the Admissions Office, located near the hospital’s main lobby. Patients should make plans for someone to drive them to Penn State Hershey. Parents must accompany patients who are younger than 18 years old. Once you have checked in, a patient services representative will show you to your room where you will be introduced to your nurse and given an admissions information packet. If you were admitted through the Emergency Department, you will be assigned a bed by the operating room. A patient services representative will contact you once you have been assigned your room. 

Be prepared to provide your identification, insurance card and any necessary deductible or insurance copayment. If you are admitting a child, you will need to provide the hospital with written consent to provide your child with medical care. Guardians must bring legal proof of guardianship.

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Our Neuro-Oncology team is very active with Clinical Trials. Click here to view the list of current studies, as of January, 2012.