Advanced Neuro-oncology Care for Cancers of the Brain
Neuro-oncology at The Medical Center at Augusta University takes a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer care from diagnosis to treatment, continuing through rehabilitation. Advanced neuro-oncology care combines the research and clinical expertise of both the Neuroscience Center and the Cancer Center at The Medical Center at Augusta University.
The Neuro-oncology Program at The Medical Center at Augusta University offers state-of-the-art care for patients with cancers of the brain. The Medical Center at Augusta University is advancing treatment options beyond previous standards of care which included surgery and radiation, or a chemotherapy/radiation combo.
Clinical trials at The Medical Center at Augusta University offer new medical treatments for newly diagnosed patients as well as those patients with recurrent disease. These new medical treatments include:
- Biomarker identification: Gene sequencing and large molecular profiles in patients can identify biomarkers in the blood to determine if patients are good candidates for drug treatments.
- Vaccine studies: Cancer vaccines work by stimulating the patient’s own immune system to recognize tumors as foreign bodies and to fight against them. Findings on a new vaccine for glioblastoma were recently presented at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.
- Molecular targeted agents: MTAs, including antibody drug conjugates, can recognize specific proteins in brain tumors and deliver toxins directly to cancer cells, sparing normal tissue.
Multidisciplinary Model of Care
Under a multidisciplinary model of patient care, a complete cancer treatment plan is formulated at the first appointment with input from the entire team, at one time and at one location. Multidisciplinary care models have shown in recent studies that patients have an improved care experience, benefit from higher-quality, evidence-based care and may experience better outcomes.
This personalized treatment plan includes input from:
- Medical and surgical physician teams
- Pain management specialists
- Dieticians for nutrition needs
- Social workers and mental health providers
- Psychosocial specialists
As a full service treatment program, neuro-oncology at The Medical Center at Augusta University also provides a dedicated RN cancer navigator who helps patients find information, communicate with specialists, make appointments, and provide resources to the patient and their family, all while assisting with other care needs. This RN navigator becomes the patient’s single point of contact, making their experience stream-lined and personalized.
Full Spectrum of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services
The Medical Center at Augusta University Neuroscience Center offers a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic services to handle the medical needs of each patient:
- Advanced diagnostic equipment, including CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, single photon computed tomography (SPECT) and stereotactic (minimally invasive surgical) biopsy, to diagnose tumors in hard-to-reach areas of the brain
- Responsive, coordinated care by neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists and other caregivers
- Traditional, endoscopic (minimally invasive), and gamma knife surgery options available to fit the specific healthcare needs of each patient
- Access to clinical trials
- Access to resources from both the Cancer Center and Neuroscience Center
Request an online appointment now or call our Scheduling Center today at 706-721-4581 or toll free at 800-736-CARE (2273).