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Neurosurgeons specialize in treating brain tumors through traditional (open) surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and CyberKnife radiosurgery, a noninvasive form of radiation therapy. They perform biopsies (taking tiny tissue samples) to test for cancer. They also surgically remove tumors and surrounding tissue.



Neuro-oncologists specialize in diagnosing and treating cancerous tumors of the brain and spinal cord. They treat these cancers using medications, including chemotherapy. Neuro-oncologists often serve as your main health care provider, coordinating your treatment among several specialists.

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Radiation Oncologist

These cancer specialists have subspecialty training in high-energy X-rays and other radiation therapy. Using advanced technologies, radiation oncologists can precisely target cancer cells to avoid damaging nearby healthy tissue.


Advanced Practice Provider

These cancer specialists are nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work closely with your oncologist to help with diagnosis and treatment. They may also recommend medications and lifestyle changes and provide other support.


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Interventional Neuroradiologist

Interventional neuroradiologists use imaging studies, such as CT scans and MRIs, to diagnose and treat conditions of the central nervous system, head, neck, and spine.



A neurotologist is a type of otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist, or ENT). This doctor provides medical and surgical care to people with diseases that affect the ears, balance system, certain skull bones, and other head and neck structures.



A rhinologist is a type of otolaryngologist (ENT) who has unique expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of nasal and sinus disorders.



A neuroradiologist uses imaging studies, such as CT scans and MRIs, to diagnose conditions of the central nervous system, head, neck, and spine.



Neuro-anesthesiologists specialize in using medications to block pain and help you relax or stay asleep during brain tumor procedures. Neuro-anesthesiologists also monitor your vital functions, such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate, during surgery. Depending on the type of surgery you are having, you may need local (small area), regional (larger area), or general (overall) anesthesia.



Neuropathologists specialize in diagnosing conditions of the brain and nervous system through microscopic evaluation of tissue sampled during biopsy or surgery.


Neurocritical Care Specialist

Neurointensivists specialize in caring for critically ill people with brain or spinal cord conditions, who require close monitoring, usually in a neurointensive care unit.


Clinical Pathologist

Clinical pathologists specialize in diagnosing conditions by examining bodily fluids, such as blood and urine. 


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You can access Stanford’s expertise and compassionate care for brain and spine tumors at a location that’s convenient for you. We always accept new patients, and we take many insurance plans, including Medicare and Medi-Cal.

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To request an appointment with a neurosurgeon, call 650-497-7777.

To request an appointment with a neurologic or radiation oncologist, call 650-498-6000.