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Brain and Neuro-Oncology Cancer

Brain cancer refers to cancer cells that originate in the brain or spread from other areas of the body to the brain. Cancer care can be complex, but the neuro-oncology clinic makes it simple with the region’s only multidisciplinary clinic for brain tumors.

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Brain cancer refers to cancer cells that originate in the brain or spread from other areas of the body to the brain. Cancer care can be complex, but the neuro-oncology clinic makes it simple with the region’s only multidisciplinary clinic for brain tumors. No matter the stage of your brain cancer, you can rely on our physicians to provide you with optimal support and expertise during this difficult time.

Our team uses the most sophisticated technology and procedures available to treat complex cancers of the brain, head, neck, and central nervous system. The Brain Tumor Center is at the forefront of advances to prolong and improve the quality of life for patients with every type of malignant brain tumor, including glioblastomas, gliomas, head and neck tumors, spinal tumors and metastatic tumors.

  • Multidisciplinary team: Includes fellowship-trained specialists in neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, neuro-radiology, radiation oncology, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, neuro-ophthalmology and medical oncology We use advanced technology and procedures to treat complex tumors of the central nervous system, as well as neurologic complications of cancer and its treatments.
  • Advanced Technology: We utilize the latest treatment tools, including Gamma Knife Perfexion with Extend technology, which treats brain tumors previously believed inoperable, without an incision.
  • Tumor Board: The tumor board is accessible twice a month by affiliated centers in Georgia or non-affiliated partners. We deliver recommendations for diagnosis and treatment, but also perform a screening for potential enrollment in our clinical trials.
  • Compassionate Care: Our clinical practice is patient- and family-centered. Dedicated resources have been allocated to offer the strongest support for our brain tumor patients and their families. A patient helps the patients through the different multimodal steps of their therapy and during the healing phase of their recovery period. An integrative medicine program will be launched in fall 2013 with a specific focus on a mind-body approach. It will include meditation, acupuncture, yoga, reiki, music therapy, hypnosis, aromatherapy, healing touch, and other supportive-care methods to enhance the efficacy of conventional therapies and reduce their toxicities.

Clinical Trails and Early Drug development

Our goal is to design innovative clinical trials for patients with brain tumors who have failed conventional therapy and test new therapeutic hypotheses based on our three scientific missions: immune modulation, angiogenesis, and cell signaling and biomarkers. The program, in collaboration with the Experimental Therapeutics Program at the Cancer Center, is opening clinical trials for primary brain tumors and brain metastases. For example, recent trials have been initiated to evaluate the role of front-line vaccines in newly diagnosed GBM, or immune modulators in combinations with bevacizumab, radiation, or chemotherapy for recurrent GBM.

Basic and Translational Research

Our research program focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying brain tumors that have the highest potential to translate into clinically relevant therapies. Our core facilities have the ability to explore the entire genome of the brain tumors using next-generation sequencing technology. Current evaluations are underway to explore the regulation of the EGFR gene in GBM, and to detect circulating blood markers (Detection of EGFRvIII mutant DNA in the peripheral blood of brain tumor patients. J. Neurooncol. 2013 Jul 23). Our innovative immunology program has identified new pathways (such as IDO or Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase) that will be evaluated in a clinical intervention in a GBM trial activated for fall 2013.

There are three main types of brain cancer:

  • Meningiomas: These brain tumors develop in the meninges, also known as the lining of the brain. They start as benign and then slowly grow over time, normally affecting individuals in their 70s or 80s.
  • Astrocytomas: These brain tumors develop in the cerebrum, the largest part of the brain. Astrocytomas can invoke changes in behavior and cause seizures.
  • Oligodendrogliomas: These brain tumors develop in the brain cells that protect nerves. They are slow growing and don’t spread to other areas of the brain. 

Brain Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms of brain cancer vary depending on the size and location of the tumor, but may include:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness in the arms or legs
  • Speech and coordination issues
  • Visual problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained seizures

Cancer care can be complex, but the neuro-oncology clinic makes it simple with the region’s only multidisciplinary clinic for brain tumors.

Our healthcare team uses the most sophisticated technology and procedures available to treat complex cancers of the brain, head, neck, and central nervous system. The Brain Tumor Center is at the forefront of advances to prolong and improve the quality of life for patients with every type of malignant brain tumor, including glioblastomas, gliomas, spinal tumors and metastatic tumors.

Our commitment to discovery-driven medicine has helped our specialists establish new protocols in the treatment of primary and metastatic tumors, particularly in the areas of radiation implant therapy, chemotherapy wafer implant therapy and radiotherapy.

Patent Services

  • Image Boutique, a full-service beauty salon for our cancer patients.

  • Cancer support groups
 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Vinyard, Alicia Huff, DO

Surgery Oncology

Badamosi, Nnenna Ukachi, MD, MPH

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Ferris, Daron Gale, MD

Family Medicine

Bryan, Locke J., MD

Hematology/Oncology

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